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The Economy of Esteem: An Essay on Civil and Political Society
     

The Economy of Esteem: An Essay on Civil and Political Society

by Geoffrey Brennan, Philip Pettit
 

This groundbreaking book by two distinguished scholars from different disciplines begins by outlining the psychology of esteem and the way the working of that psychology can give rise to an economy. It then shows how a variety of social patterns that are otherwise anomalous come to make a lot of sense within an economics of esteem. And it looks, finally, at the

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This groundbreaking book by two distinguished scholars from different disciplines begins by outlining the psychology of esteem and the way the working of that psychology can give rise to an economy. It then shows how a variety of social patterns that are otherwise anomalous come to make a lot of sense within an economics of esteem. And it looks, finally, at the ways in which the economy of esteem may be reshaped so as to make for an improvement — by reference to received criteria — in overall social outcomes. While making connections with older patterns of social theorising, it offers a novel orientation for contemporary thought about how society works and how it may be made to work. It puts the economy of esteem firmly on the agenda of economic and social science and of moral and political theory.

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"In The Economy of Esteem, Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit aim to restore attention to a fact that has been substantially neglected by an influential school of social theory for over a century....Brennan and Pettit's account of esteem thus prompts the perhaps unexpected realization that there is a connection between the theory of aggregate behavior and the problem of other minds."—Ethics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199289813
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/23/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Australian National University

Princeton University

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