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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And I think, based upon his contemporary notes section, that this was his goal.

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Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph” is an essay as insightful and thought-provoking as it is elegant. Mar 24, Roger B rated it really liked it Shelves: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. May 01, John Gillis rated it it was amazing. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? How nasty can we afford to be to other hirscchman beings if acting in such a way damages our material interest? I would recomend it to anyone looking to understand the theoretical basis for capitalistic society. Dec 31, Sunil rated it really liked it. The model, most economic philosophers followed before 20th century, involved anr ‘fight’ between different passions and interests of human beings.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Dec 31, Franz rated it it was amazing. A passion for gain came to be understood as an interest that could control and regulate more dangerous, spirited motives.

The model, most econom 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! Very good summary of the intellectual currents that lead from the early Intetests 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.


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The Passions and the Interests by Albert O. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the future of Planet Earth.

There are merits to this book, mainly that it shows a good grasp of the literature surveyed, so interdsts intereptation seems legitimate. One, their language and selection of words is very fancy and they go over-romantic sometimes and try as you might but you’ll lose them. Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph is an essay as insightful and thought-provoking as it is elegant. This short book is an eye opener, for all of us w ho struggles interwsts the concept of paxsions in it reduced form.

It is worth knowing more than interestw do about where those ideas originated and why expectations didn’t play out as intended. This is a book that should be widely read, and I would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the emergence of the capitalist system.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I was having trouble really caring about what Enlightenment thinkers many of them a bit obscure said about capitalism, but then this book got a lot more interesting in the second half of the last chapter, where Hirschman both gives the discussion a bit more historical context and also explains why it is useful to think about from a contemporary perspective.

The amount of research he has done for this thin volume is stunning, and he weaves seamlessly and clearly through horschman work thinkers as varied as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mandeville, Montesquieu, Steuart, Smith, Millar, Marx, Toqueville and many paasions. Not for everybody, for sure, and there’s a large “so what?


He certainly takes his psssions to come to the conclusion that history is important when discussing economics. Really interesting and different history of capitalism.

Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Hirschman develops a compelling narrative centered on the historical development of the intellectual impulses that gave rise to Capitalism.

The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph

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The author wishes to highlight an intellectual process whereby the question of the earlier period, how to manage passionate people now that religion doesn’t seem to work, gave rise to the idea that one can subsume the motives of men to one overarching idea of “interest”.

I feel, yeah bro great job!! In this context, the pursuit of wealth was transformed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the pursuit of material interest. This book is a brisk perusal of intellectual history from Machiavelli to late 18th century. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Albert Hirschmann is probably better known for his ‘Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, but this book, ‘The Passions and the Interests’ provide insights into Hirschmann’s grappling with the international economic problem of uneven development and poverty.

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 hhe and provocative thinkers.