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    DescriptionIn 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. 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. 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: the repression of the passions in favor of the 'harmless,' if one-dimensional, interests of commercial life. 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.


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    Title
    The Passions and the Interests
    Subtitle
    Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Albert O. Hirschman, Foreword by Amartya K. Sen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 184
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 228 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691015989
    ISBN 10: 0691015988
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JPFM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX, KCS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    DC21: 330.122
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    B&T General Subject: 650
    DC22: 330.122
    BISAC V2.8: POL024000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14504600
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A45202500
    DC22: 330.12/2
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: HB501 .H523 1996, HB501.H523
    Thema V1.0: JPA, KCS, JBCC9, JPFM
    Edition
    20
    Edition statement
    20th Anniversary ed.
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    06 January 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    Winner of the 2003 Benjamin E. Lippincott Award "Hirschman's volume stands as a principal contribution to the growing literature that is beginning to reshape our understanding of the legitimating beliefs undergirding the rise of the modern market economy."--Robert Wuthnow, American Journal of Sociology "A fresh and exciting argument of a fascinating thesis."--Nannerl O. Keohane, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
    Back cover copy
    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. 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. 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.
    Table of contents
    Foreword Pt. 1How the Interests were Called Upon to Counteract the Passions The Idea of Glory and Its Downfall Man "as he really is" Repressing and Harnessing the Passions The Principle of the Countervailing Passion "Interest" and "Interests" as Tamers of the Passions Interest as a New Paradigm Assets of an Interest-Governed World: Predictability and Constancy Money-Making and Commerce as Innocent and Doux Money-Making as a Calm Passion Pt. 2How Economic Expansion was Expected to Improve the Political Order Elements of a Doctrine Related yet Discordant Views Pt. 3Reflections on an Episode in Intellectual History Where the Montesquieu-Steuart Vision Went Wrong The Promise of an Interest-Governed World versus the Protestant Ethnic Contemporary Notes Notes Index