The Passions and the Interests has ratings and 31 reviews. unperspicacious said: Hirschman is a beast. I was hoping to find a few nuggets on the phil. In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological trans.. . In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectualclimate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminatethe intricate ideological transfo .
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Instead of balancing the greed of the powerful with the sober and relatively modest merchants of what became the middle class, capitalism has become what it had once checked: Would you like to tell intereests about a lower price? Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. Nov 21, Humphrey rated it it was amazing. However, it remains helpful in understanding the context in which Adam Smith and others wrote in favor of what would become capitalism, and for today of som Very good summary of the intellectual currents that lead from the early Christian view that the pursuit of money is less than virtuous, to the view that pursuit of self-interest in the form of commerce is beneficial to human freedom by its necessary restraint on the power of the state.
You can say that this book is Hirschmann’s analysis of Intrests. A seminal book by an intellectual giant — based on the simplest of propositions underpinning all of history: Hirschman does a beautiful job of tracing the origin of capitalism and its intended effects, as well as bringing into conversation most of the important seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers on the topic.
If anyone wants to read a well-written book which summarizes the developments in economic philosophy before 20th century through a coherent narrative, this is the book for you! This in turn allowed the analysis of political economy based on private interesys that accompanied the rise of capitalism in late 18th century. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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My Old Blog Contact Me! It was difficult at some points to make sense of the language the author uses, but overall was a fascinating read and gave me a lot to think about. The model, most economic philosophers followed before 20th century, involved this ‘fight’ between different passions and interests of human beings.
He takes time to come to the point.
Actually read this last spring, but recently looked into it again for a paper on passions and freedom in The Tempest. The irony–one that Hirschman is careful to point out–is that the negative effects on the character of a state’s citizens is now seen as one of the principle downsides to Capitalism. Quentin Skinner should feel humbled. The Passions and the Interests is Hirschman’s examination of 17th and 18th century European thought, particularly as it related to the anticipated political, social, and economic effects of people acting in accordance with their material interests.
Princeton Classics Book 2 Paperback: Hirschman also deals with the effects figures like Montesquieu and Steuart foresaw for self-interest on politics, and why these effects might be ambivalent. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Dec 03, Muhtadi Faiaz rated it really liked it.
For, as Hirschman shows, we live in a society that is shaped by ideas and expectations. Nevertheless, with the decline of feudalism and the rise of absolutist monarchies, the great concern of thinkers like Hobbes is the rising power of the state and the passions that lead monarchs and their states into ruinous external and civil wars.
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In this way, the author’s conclusion, that those that advocated for capitalism could not have fathomed the capitalists excesses at the 19th and 20th century seems pat and condescending. Want to Read saving….
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Trivia About The Passions and This essentially means that the rest of the book is him reiterating the more inerests less same argument through the eyes of Montesquieu, Steuart, Smith etc.: The Politics of Curriculum. This short book was included in the bibliographies of many books I’ve read, so I thought it was time to read it.
Get to Know Us. Please try again later. Among the insights presented here is the ironical finding that capitalism was originally supposed to accomplish exactly what was soon denounced as its worst feature: Featuring a new afterword by Jeremy Adelman and a foreword by Amartya Sen, this Princeton Classics edition of The Passions and the Interests sheds light on the intricate ideological transformation from which capitalism emerged triumphant, and reaffirms Hirschman’s stature as one of our most influential and provocative thinkers.
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