Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - The Enlightenment's Fable by E. J. Hundert

The apprehension of society as an aggregation of self-interested individuals, connected only by bonds of envy, competition, and exploitation, is a dominant modern concern, but one first systematically articulated during the European Enlightenment. The Enlightenment's 'Fable' approaches this problem from the perspective of the challenge offered to inherited traditions of morality and social understanding by the Anglo-Dutch physician, satirist and philosopher, Bernard Mandeville. Mandeville's infamous paradoxical maxim 'private vices, public benefits' profoundly disturbed his contemporaries, while his Fable of the Bees had a decisive influence on David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith and Immanuel Kant. Professor Hundert examines the sources and strategies of Mandeville's science of human nature and the role of his ideas in shaping eighteenth century economic, social and moral theories.

Buy The Enlightenment's Fable by E. J. Hundert from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521619424
ISBN-10: 0521619424
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - The Enlightenment's Fable by E. J. Hundert

Book Reviews - The Enlightenment's Fable by E. J. Hundert

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Enlightenment's Fable book by E. J. Hundert and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Books By E. J. Hundert

Fable of the Bees and Other Writings by E. J. Hundert
Hardback, November 1997
Enlightenment's Fable by E. J. Hundert
Hardback, June 1994