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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Hirschman here of In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests –so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice –was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man.

Not very accessible for the layman. Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. This short book is an eye opener, for all of us w ho struggles with the concept of interest in it reduced form. Showing of 8 reviews. So although discourse concerning the merits of Capitalism has changed form in recent decades, it was once the case that the adoption of Capitalism was motivated by the positive effects it would have on the character of a state’s citizens.

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.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. In the end, Hirschman provides a salutary lesson for the history of ideas: An interesting, yet challenging, read For, as Hirschman shows, we live in a society that is shaped by ideas and expectations.

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Feb 06, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 03, Muhtadi Faiaz rated it really liked it. In this context, the pursuit of wealth is transformed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the pursuit of material interest. For that reason, it is important to revisit passoons, in order to “raise the level of our debate.

Put another way, making money was no longer considered a purposeful bulwark against excess, but an ironic and unseen force of social stability and peacefulness. The author concludes by highlighting the rhetorical use of arguments based or interrests to such an analysis to political power structures. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Want to Read saving….

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His insights and especially his de-demonizing of Machiavelli, give hope for a world and it’s people who deserve better than the current models be they capitalist, socialist or communist. Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph is an essay as insightful hirschmaj thought-provoking as it is elegant.


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Much of his work attempted to explain why 3rd world nations were unable to achieve satisfactory economic development. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a jaunt through the history of philosophizing on the topic of capitalism, or simply a trip through any episode of intellectual history in general.

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Hirschmann was an economist when the non-soviet and soviet spheres competed for domination over the decolonialized nations after WWII. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I was hoping to find a few nuggets on the philosophies surrounding capitalism’s original sin, but came hte with so much more; and in such a short little book at that. Quentin Skinner should feel humbled.

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Economics and Christian Desire by William T. The afterword is nice though. Interesting book, well written, of economic history.