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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Put another way, making money is no longer considered a purposeful bulwark against excess, but an ironic and unseen force of social stability and peacefulness. This book is a brisk perusal of intellectual history from Machiavelli to late 18th century.

The Passions and the Interests, for instance, is a study of how hirschmam was supposed to accomplish exactly what was soon to be denounced as its worst feature.

To portray this lengthy ideological change as an endogenous process, Hirschman draws on the writings of a large number of thinkers, including Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith. Among the insights presented here is the ironical finding that capitalism was originally hirschmzn to accomplish exactly what was soon denounced as its worst feature: To that end, he says that Tawney’s and Marx’s theories about the rise of capitalism are to black-and-white, and he tacitly and modestly replaces a nuanced historical study of the actual rise of capitalism.

This text is fantastic.

Jan 30, Ferda Nihat Koksoy rated it really liked it Shelves: The former proposes that a laissez-faire economy softens and refines the passionate and violent excesses of man: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This short book is an eye opener, for iinterests of us w ho struggles with the concept of interest in it reduced form. Rational interests would overcome spontaneous passions; for a short time it did. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Buy the selected items together This item: The hope of theorists of the early modern pasions was that this would result in the wider spread of prosperity, resulting in far less wealth inequality.

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: The History of a Dangerous Idea.

In particular, Hirschman’s intellectual history of capitalism’s rise differs markedly from Marx bourgeois revolution and Weber ethos regarding salvation.

Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph” is an essay as insightful and thought-provoking as it is elegant. 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. Oh, and skip the Sen foreword, that was a complete waste of time. Interesting perspective regarding that overview.

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

Economics and Christian Desire by William T. Set up a giveaway. In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests –so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice –was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man.

Really interesting and different history of capitalism.

Aug 24, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: I got into Hirschman interdsts I’m in a long-term read of a book about his fascinating life Worldly Philosopher,lauded by Malcolm Gladwellbut I’m also reading a couple of his books along the way, including “Crossing Boundaries” a delicious hors d’oeuvre of a bookand this one, which is short at pages, but literally rewrites the historical underpinnings of the development of capitalism.

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Hirshmann believes that economic history can raise the tone of debate about capitalism above simplistic hirschhman. Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. It also raises the issue that as capital is threaten, so too may be liberty, as those with capital prefer law and order over freedom. Nov 23, Said Abuzeineh rated it really liked it. He was not necessarily trying to convince me, his reader, of any one thing, but rather to open my eyes to the train of past hirscmhan and to make me see that it is important to educate myself in past rhetoric before attempting m This book was required reading for a class.

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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Want to Read saving…. One particularly interesting thread is the notion that avarice was once seen as i a rather innocuous passion, and ii a passion that can control, limit, and even diminish other, more harmful passions e. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Frustratingly and almost certainly intentionallyhe does not attempt a conclusion; rather, he suggests that the alternate origin and intent of capitalism which he adduces should be recognized by other economists and economic historians so that they don’t simply rehash the same tired a 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.

The former proposed that a laissez-faire economy softened and refined the passionate and violent excesses of man: