The Fable of the Bees And Other Writings / Edition 1

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This edition includes, in addition to the most pertinent sections of The Fable's two volumes, a selection from Mandeville's An Enquiry into the Origin of Honor and selections from two of Mandeville’s most important sources: Pierre Bayle and the Jansenist Pierre Nicole. Hundert's Introduction places Mandeville in a number of eighteenth-century debates--particularly that of the nature and morality of commercial modernity--and underscores the degree to which his work stood as a central problem, not only for his immediate English contemporaries, but for such philosophers as Hume, Rousseau, and Kant. The selections are substantive enough to faithfully represent Mandeville the social theorist, and compact enough to be used in courses that can afford to spend no more than a week on his work.

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Hundert is especially good at demonstrating how vital Mandeville's ideas are as a major foundation for more famous Enlightenment thinkers such as Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire and others. . . . The additions of Nicole and Bayle will be useful in courses on 18th century ethics and morals, and in general surveys of Enlightenment thought. This is probably the best one-volume edition of the main works of Mandeville now available. --Irwin Primer, Rutgers University

An excellent edition of a much needed text. E. J. Hundert's addition of clear biographies, a coherent introduction, an appendix, and suggested readings adds to the book's evident value in graduate and undergraduate teaching. Hundert has done an admirable job of contextualizing Mandeville's Fable in the philosophical debates of human morality and sociability that were crucial to the development of liberalism. There can be no better and affordable introduction to the sources for students than Hundert's new edition of this classic. --Fabio Lopez-Lazari, Arizona State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203747
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 742,976
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

E. J. Hundert is Professor of History, the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Texts
1 The Ideological Context of Mandeville's Rise to Fame
2 Mandeville's Project: A Science of Socialized Man
Sources 1
Of Charity and Self-Love (1675) [On the nature and function of egoism] 1
Miscellaneous Thoughts on the Comet of 1680 [On the relationship of belief to action] 9
Selections from The Fable of the Bees, Volume I (1723) 19
The Preface [On the goals of the book] 19
The Grumbling Hive 23
The Introduction 36
An Enquiry into the Origin of Moral Virtue [On the origins of morality] 36
Remark C [On honor, shame, and good manners] 45
Remark F [On vice] 55
Remark G [On vice and the public good] 56
Remark I [On avarice] 61
Remark K [On prodigality] 63
Remark L [On luxury] 65
Remark M [On pride and emulation] 73
Remark N [On envy and vanity] 80
Remark O [On pleasure and the comforts of life] 87
Remark Q [Of frugality] 94
Remark T [On opulence] 98
Remark Y [On ease] 107
An Essay on Charity and Charity-Schools [An attack on moral reformers] 109
A Search into the Nature of Society [A critique of Shaftesbury] 130
A Vindication of the Book [A defense of The Fable of the Bees] 148
Selection from The Fable of the Bees, Volume I (1728) 155
The Preface [An introduction to the argument] 155
The Third Dialogue [On pride, virtue, and self-liking] 160
The Sixth Dialogue [On language, duplicity, and the civilizing process] 182
Selections from An Enquiry into the Origin of Honor, and the Usefulness of Christianity in War (1732) 195
The First Dialogue [On the social function of honor, shame and religion] 195
Appendix Presentment of the Grand Jury of the County of Middlesex to the Court of King's Bench, July 11, 1723 214
Glossary of Prominent Persons 216
Suggestions for Further Reading 227
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