The Passions and the Interests: Political arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph

The Passions and the Interests: Political arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph

Albert O. Hischman


during this quantity, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the highbrow weather of the 17th and eighteenth centuries to light up the problematic ideological transformation that happened, in which the pursuit of fabric pursuits --so lengthy condemned because the lethal sin of avarice --was assigned the function of containing the unruly and harmful passions of guy. Hirschman the following deals a brand new interpretation for the increase of capitalism, person who emphasizes the continuities among outdated and new, not like the idea of a pointy holiday that may be a universal function of either Marxian and Weberian considering. one of the insights provided this is the ironical discovering that capitalism was once initially purported to accomplish precisely what was once quickly denounced as its worst function: the repression of the passions in want of the "harmless," if one-dimensional, pursuits of industrial existence. To painting this long ideological switch as an endogenous method, Hirschman attracts at the writings of a big variety of thinkers, together with Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith.

Show sample text content

Download sample