Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment / Edition 1

Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment / Edition 1

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by Emma Rothschild
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674008375

ISBN-13: 9780674008373

Pub. Date: 04/30/2002

Publisher: Harvard

In a brilliant recreation of the epoch between the 1770s and the 1820s, Emma Rothschild reinterprets the ideas of the great revolutionary political economists to show us the true landscape of economic and political thought in their day, with important consequences for our own. Her work alters the readings of Adam Smith and Condorcet--and of ideas of

Overview

In a brilliant recreation of the epoch between the 1770s and the 1820s, Emma Rothschild reinterprets the ideas of the great revolutionary political economists to show us the true landscape of economic and political thought in their day, with important consequences for our own. Her work alters the readings of Adam Smith and Condorcet--and of ideas of Enlightenment--that underlie much contemporary political thought.

Economic Sentiments takes up late-eighteenth-century disputes over the political economy of an enlightened, commercial society to show us how the "political" and the "economic" were intricately related to each other and to philosophical reflection. Rothschild examines theories of economic and political sentiments, and the reflection of these theories in the politics of enlightenment. A landmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, her book shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conservatism in an unquiet world. In doing so, it casts a new light on our own times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674008373
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.87(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Economic Dispositions

The History of Sentiments

Civilized and Commercial Society

The Unfrightened Mind

Two Kinds of Enlightenment

The Devil Himself

Heroic Dispositions

A Sort of Inner Shuddering

The Cold Light of Reason and the Warmth of Economic Life

Seeing the State as in a Picture

Indulgence and Indifference

The Light of History

The Enlightenment and the Present

2. Adam Smith and Conservative Economics

This Famous Philosopher

Scotland in the 1790s

Economic and Political Freedom

The Liberal Reward of Labor

One-Sided Rationalistic Liberalism

Smith's Real Sentiments

3. Commerce and the State

A Reciprocal Dependence

Scarcities, Dearths, and Famines

Poverty and General Equilibrium

Turgot's Policies against Famine

Interpretations of Smith and Turgot

The Lapse of Time

4. Apprenticeship and Insecurity

A Strange Adventure

It Is But Equity, Besides

Corporations and Competition

Education and Apprenticeship

A State of Nonage

The Apprenticeship: A Digression on the Slave Trade

Uncertain Jurisprudence

History and Institutions

5. The Bloody and Invisible Hand

The Invisible Hand of Jupiter

Tremble, Unfortunate King!

Intentions and Interests

Political Influence

Clerical Systems

Smith's "Stoicism"

Order and Design

A Persuasive Device

Explanation and Understanding

Greatest Possible Values

Evolved Orders

Two Shortcomings of Liberal Thought

6. Economic and Political Choice

Raton Was Quite Astonished...

General Economic Interdependence

Giving the Impression of Doing Nothing

The Soul Discouraged

Poverty, Taxes, and Unsalubrious Factories

Formal Methods

Social Choice and Economic Procedures

Discussions and Constitutions

Pelion and Ossa

7. Condorcet and the Conflict of Values

Cold, Descriptive Cartesian Reason

Diversity and Uniformity

The Indissoluble Chain

Civilized Conflict

Inconsistent Universalism

Domestic Virtues

The Imaginary Enlightenment

The Liberty of Thought and Discussion

8. A Fatherless World

A Different Enlightenment

Smith and Condorcet

Uncertainty and Irresolution

A System of Sentiments

Civilized Political Discussion

Economic Sentiments

A World Unrestored

Suitable Equality

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunely I had to buy this book to do a research project for school. I personally do not care for economics or the history of. I am accounting major, I would prefer to crunch the number for the economists while they figure out why those numbers are there. I did not find that Emma brought any new ideas to the table either. She reitterated (sp) a lot of what other historians said about Adam Smith, so this was not a very good book in my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a little advanced for me. I could hardly understand anything the author was trying to say. I would only recommend this book to a historian.