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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Buy the selected items together This item: 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.

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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 it would have on the character of a state’s citizens. For that reason, it is important to revisit them, in order to “raise the level of our debate.

English Choose a language for shopping. Augustine to Friedman- hifschman well written, Aug 24, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. 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.

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This short book is an eye opener, for all of us w ho struggles with the concept of interest in it reduced form. A great meditation on the evolution of the philosophical ideas that gave birth to capitalism. The former proposed that a laissez-faire economy softened and refined hrischman passionate and violent excesses of man: The Passions and the Interests: Explore the Home Gift Guide.


This book traces the history of ideas that turned a “passion” a danger to the body politic into an “interest” a beneficial principle of social organization. This in turn allowed the analysis of political economy based on private gain that accompanied the rise of capitalism in late 18th century.

Insane amounts of wisdom can come from that. For, as Hirschman shows, we live in a society that is shaped by ideas and expectations. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Twentieth Anniversary edition by Princeton University Press, Dec 31, Sunil rated it really liked it. Capitalism thus sprung out of a dire necessity to deal with a war-mongering aristocracy and their inferior gove I Enjoyed Hirschman’s analysis, which, however, is quite narrow in its scope and is elucidated very early.

Open Preview See a Problem? The Passions and the Interests: In the end, Hirschman provides a salutary lesson for the history of ideas: Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. The Passions and the Interests by Albert O. Customers who bought this item also bought. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A really impressive text. Hirschman, in other words, is a voice for moderation and mindfulness.

Nov 07, Jacob Vorstrup rated it liked it. Jul 21, A. Only after exhausting all genealogies and histories from all possible political philosophers and French intellectuals does he make a anx statement of his own. Get to Know Us. No trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 03, Muhtadi Faiaz rated it really liked it.


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This short book was included in the bibliographies of many books Tbe read, so I thought it was time to read it. Alas, however, by the time Adam Smith writes his classics, he had united interests and passions again; under the influence of the passions, people’s interests were no longer satisfied with modest results–instead of being socially discouraged, avarice become an acceptable, indeed worthy, goal.

Hirschman here offers a new interpretation for the rise of capitalism, one that emphasizes the continuities between old and new, in contrast to the assumption of a sharp break that is a common feature of both Marxian and Weberian thinking. Hirschman here of In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to inrerests 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.

This text is fantastic. Princeton University Press; Revised ed. See and discover other items: Mike Smyth is at it again! Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. He certainly takes his time to come to the conclusion that history anc important when discussing economics.

Of course, before the dawn of capitalism, the pursuit of interfsts interests was considered one of the worst passions; avarice was always a foe of the Platonic conception of Reason and the Christian view of the Truth.