The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality / Edition 1

The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality / Edition 1

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ISBN-10: 0312232047

ISBN-13: 9780312232047

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK

What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth, and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995--Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner-

Overview

What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth, and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995--Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner--weaves their lives and works together and through their own words shows how they approached the question of the nature of humanity, our past and our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312232047
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

The Riddle of the Modern World
Liberty
• Baron de Montesquieu's Life and Vision
• Liberty and Despotism
• The Defense of Liberty
Wealth
• Adam Smith's Life and Vision
• Growth and Stasis
• Of Wealth and Liberty
• From Predation to Production
Equality
• Alexis de Toqueville's Life and Vision
• "America" as a Thought Experiment
• How the Modern World Emerged
• Liberty, Wealth and Equality
An Answer to the Riddle?
• Ernest Gellner and the Conditions of the Exit
• The Riddle Resolved?

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