Albert Hirschman is an important social theorist, generally classified as evident in Hirschman’s book, The Passions and the Interests (). The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its. Triumph. Albert O. Hirschman. Princeton: Princeton University Press, , pp. x, . ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its Triumph. Pp. vii, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton.

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Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a jaunt through the history of philosophizing on the topic of intereshs, or simply a trip through any episode of intellectual history in general. Showing of 8 reviews. 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. One implication of Hirschman’s analysis is that it de-radicalizes current arguments about capitalism.

InHirschman was named among the top American intellectuals, as measured by academic citations, in Richard Posner ‘s book, Inteersts Intellectuals: The passions–especially those associated with glory and vanity–came to be understood as dangerous relative to others–those like gain.

Mitigation better than damage control. Hirschman also deals with the effects figures like Montesquieu and Steuart foresaw for self-interest on politics, and tje these effects might be ambivalent.

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This is a book that should be widely read, and Passiions would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the emergence of the capitalist system. Oh, and skip the Sen foreword, that was a complete waste of time. Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph” is an essay as insightful and thought-provoking as it is elegant. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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: A seminal book by an intellectual giant — based on the simplest of propositions underpinning all of history: Learn more about Amazon Prime.


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

For some Montesquieu, Smiththese forces are embodied in capitalists and capitalist institutions; for others the Physiocratsthey are embodied in the rulers themselves. The Passions and the Interests by Albert O. So although discourse concerning the merits of Capitalism has changed form in recent decades, This is an immensely fascinating book.

His insights and especially his de-demonizing of Machiavelli, give hope for a world and it’s people who deserve better than the current models be they capitalist, socialist or communist. In interestx, he won the Benjamin E. See all 8 reviews. On balance, and for a variety of reasons, the thinkers Hirschman discusses here–Montesquieu, Hirscman Steuart, Adam Smith and others–predicted that the pursuit of self-interest and growth of commerce to be a net positive for societies.

Review “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.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of inherests 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.

I should say, however, that economists like Amartya Sen, who wrote the introduction to the edition of the Hirschman book that I have, have probably made the most impressive integrative approach in passkons out models of irrational behavior.


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Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. Lists with This Book. A delightful and elegant, if somewhat theoretical, slim book on how the ideas underpinning capitalism came to be accepted intellectually in the modern world. Hirschman does a beautiful job of tracing hirchman 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.

Albert O. Hirschman

Dec 29, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. The Passions and the Interests, for instance, is a study of how “capitalism was supposed to accomplish exactly what was soon to be denounced as its worst feature.

The Rhetoric of Reaction: Frustratingly and almost certainly intentionallyhe does not attempt a inerests 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 arguments of the last three hundred years.

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And this sounds to me like a prescient prediction of the death of the American Dream, later described in graphic detail by C. Be the first to ask a question about The Passions and the Interests. Pages with related products. Retrieved January 6, The New York Times.