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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Hirschman was one of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century, renowned for his contributions to economics, the social sciences, and the history of ideas. Overall, the pursuit of individual interest is assigned the role of a mid-way countervailing force, a force that contains the passions of humanity, and particularly the passions of political leaders.

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Get to Know Us. See and discover other items: There are merits to this book, mainly that intersets shows a good grasp of the literature surveyed, so the intereptation seems legitimate. One, their language and selection of words is very fancy and they go He takes time to come to the point. The Passions and the Interests. A seminal book by an intellectual giant — based on the simplest of propositions underpinning all of history: On balance, and for a variety of reasons, the thinkers Hirschman discusses here–Montesquieu, James Steuart, On this, my second trip through the history of economic thought with Albert Hirschman, I remain no less impressed that the first time around.

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Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: A concise history of the idea of capitalism, Hirschman provides a compelling counter-argument to Weber’s Protestant Ethic. Insane amounts of wisdom can come from that. I would recomend it to anyone looking to understand the theoretical basis for capitalistic society. Of course, before the dawn of capitalism, the pursuit of economic interests is considered one of the worst passions; avarice is a foe of the Platonic conception of Reason and the Christian view of the Truth.


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Much of his work attempted to explain why 3rd world nations were unable to achieve satisfactory economic development. Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph is an essay as insightful and thought-provoking as it is elegant. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

He takes time to come to the point. Pages with related products. Economics and Inteerests Desire by William T. Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. Interesting book, well written, of economic history. These early arguments about the ability of hitschman to restrain violent passions and constrain power hungry political leaders have not held up under the weight of history, but as Hirshman notes, we see more contemporary thinkers fall back on these ideas.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Twentieth Anniversary edition by Princeton University Press, Quotation of the Week: Really interesting and different history of capitalism. Aug 24, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page.

Hirschman here offers a new interpretation for the rise of capitalism, one that emphasizes the continuities between old hrschman new, in contrast to the assumption of a sharp break that is a common feature of both Marxian and Weberian thinking.

In this context, the pursuit of wealth was transformed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the pursuit of material interest. Aug passinos, Jeff rated it really liked it. So although discourse concerning the merits of Capitalism has changed form in recent decades, it was once the case that the adoption of Capitalism was motivated by the positive effects hirschmman would have on the character of a state’s citizens.

Hirschman is a beast. Mike Smyth is at it again! For that reason, it is important to revisit them, in order to “raise the level of our debate.

Dec 21, Lee rated it really liked it. Mar 24, Roger B rated it really liked it Shelves: This is what he means “accept some benign human proclivities at the expense of some malignant ones”. intefests

Understanding Society: Hirschman on the passions

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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: Refresh and try again. Instead of balancing the greed of the powerful with the sober and relatively modest merchants of what became the middle class, anv has become what it had once checked: It opens up where the concept comes from and what it was supposed to do for us.


Put tbe way, making money was no longer considered a purposeful bulwark against excess, but an ironic and unseen force of social stability and peacefulness.

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 thd of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man.

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 qnd topic. Nov 21, Humphrey rated it it was amazing. Would interesgs recommend to anyone looking for a jaunt through the history of philosophizing on the topic of capitalism, or simply a trip through any episode of intellectual history in general.

It is rare to pick up a book for academic research and find it a pleasure to read, but this was certainly the case with Hirschman’s delightful prose.

Frustratingly and almost certainly intentionallyhe does not attempt a conclusion; rather, he suggests that the alternate origin and intent aand capitalism which he adduces should be recognized by other economists and economic historians so that they don’t simply rehash the same tired arguments of the last three hundred years. Oct 30, Nick Geiser rated it it was amazing.