The Passions and the Interests has ratings and 31 reviews. unperspicacious said: Hirschman is a beast. I was hoping to find a few nuggets on the phil. In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological trans.. . In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectualclimate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminatethe intricate ideological transfo .
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Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. Hirshmann believes that economic history can raise the tone passionss debate about capitalism above simplistic cliche. Very good summary of the intellectual currents that lead from the early Passiona view that the pursuit of money is less than virtuous, to the view that pursuit of self-interest in the form of commerce is beneficial to human freedom by its necessary restraint on the power of the state. This is a book that should be widely read, and I would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the emergence of the capitalist system.
The Passions and the Interests: I feel, yeah bro great job!! Princeton University Press; Revised ed. I would recomend it to anyone looking to understand the theoretical basis for capitalistic society.
Commerce, however, appealed to the rational interests of merchants and traders, and as their wealth and influence grew they counteracted the unruly passions of the feudal leaders.
Mar 24, Roger B rated it really liked it Shelves: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Really interesting and different history of capitalism. Dec 03, Muhtadi Faiaz rated it really liked it. The passions–especially those associated with glory and vanity–came to be understood as dangerous relative to others–those like gain. 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: Jan 30, Ferda Nihat Koksoy rated it really liked it Shelves: No wonder this is a classic in political economy Quentin Skinner should feel humbled.
A great meditation on the evolution of the philosophical ideas that gave birth to capitalism. Overall, the pursuit of individual interest is assigned the role of a mid-way countervailing force, a force that contains the passions of hjrschman, and particularly the passions of political leaders. To ask other readers questions about The Passions and the Interestsplease sign up. Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph. In this framework, capitalism was justified by showing how capitalism, harnessing the power of self-interest and greed, can dominate other harmful passions and lead human society to progress.
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Instead of simply oscillating between one extreme and the other, we should recognize that our current discontent may in fact andd the result of attempts to resolve older problems, and that by abandoning current policies we may unwittingly return to an older but nevertheless still unsatisfactory paradigm. Hirschman was in some sense a student of irony. Well apart from this the book makes sense. To portray this lengthy ideological change as an endogenous process, Hirschman draws on the writings of a large number of thinkers, including Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith.
Only after exhausting all genealogies and histories from all possible political philosophers and French intellectuals does he make a little statement of his own. Mitigation better than damage control.
The amount of research he has done for this thin volume is stunning, and he weaves seamlessly hirscbman clearly through the work thinkers as varied as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mandeville, Montesquieu, Steuart, Smith, Millar, Marx, Toqueville and many others.
This short book was included in the bibliographies of many books I’ve read, so I thought it was time to read it.
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The author wishes to highlight an intellectual process whereby the question of the earlier period, how to manage passionate people now that religion doesn’t seem to work, gave rise to the idea that one can subsume the motives of men to one overarching idea of “interest”. In the ‘Passions and the Interests,’ Hirschmann addresses human foibles related to the problem of political psychology as one can discern from Machiavelli’s work. Hirschman, in other words, is a voice for moderation and mindfulness.
Commerce, however, appealed to the rational interests of merchants and traders, and as their wealth and influence grew they counteracted the unruly This short book was included in the bibliographies of many books I’ve read, so I thought it was time to read it.
Money making was a frowned upon activity, with avarice being sinful. For, as Hirschman shows, we live in a society that is shaped by ideas and expectations.
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A seminal book by an intellectual giant — based on the simplest of propositions underpinning all of history: Hirschman is a beast. A wonderful analysis with insights derived from the study of Machiavelli, Hume, Bacon, Spinoza, Smith, Montesquieu, and others from the Scottish Enlightenment and the French physiocrats. In this context, the pursuit of wealth is transformed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the pursuit of material interest.
Capitalism thus sprung out of a dire necessity to deal with a war-mongering aristocracy and their inferior governance. Lists with This Book. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The History of a Dangerous Idea. However, it remains helpful in understanding the context in which Adam Smith and others wrote in favor of what would become capitalism, and for today of som Very good summary of the intellectual currents that lead from the early Christian view that the pursuit of money is less than virtuous, to the padsions that pursuit of self-interest in the form of commerce is beneficial to human freedom by its necessary restraint on the power of the state.
That’s one reason why I hate political theorists sometime.