Albert Hirschman is an important social theorist, generally classified as evident in Hirschman’s book, The Passions and the Interests (). The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its. Triumph. Albert O. Hirschman. Princeton: Princeton University Press, , pp. x, . ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its Triumph. Pp. vii, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton.

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Hirschman here offers a new interpretation for the rise of albrrt, one that emphasizes the continuities between old and new, in contrast to the assumption of a sharp break that is a common feature of both Marxian and Weberian thinking. Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States.

It was difficult at some points to make sense of the language the author uses, but overall was a fascinating read and gave me a lot to think about. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph

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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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

This in turn allowed the analysis of political economy based on private gain that accompanied the rise of capitalism in late 18th century. Keohane, Journal of Interdisciplinary History.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the future of Planet Earth. The hope of theorists of the early modern period was that this would result in the wider spread of prosperity, resulting in far less wealth inequality.

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This essentially means that the rest of the book is him reiterating the more or less same argument through the eyes of Montesquieu, Steuart, Smith etc.: Showing of 8 reviews.

Sep 20, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The author wishes to highlight an intellectual hidschman 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”.

Views Read Edit View hirscnman. It reads incredibly quick and compellingly for the amount of information and insight it contains.

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Augustine to Friedman- a well written, complete and logical interpretation of the motivations and incentives which are the foundations of capitalism. I should think the key idea of this nuanced essay comes from the Cardinal de Retz, who says that “interest governs the world. Twentieth Anniversary edition by Princeton University Press, Jul 21, A. We seem to live in more fatalistic times when our options are to ignore the passions or to surrender to them as robots.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. English Choose a language for shopping. Capitalism thus sprung out of a dire necessity to deal with a war-mongering aristocracy and their inferior governance. The Passions and the Interests by Albert O. This text is fantastic. Review “Hirschman’s volume stands as a principal contribution to the growing literature that is beginning to reshape our understanding of the legitimating beliefs undergirding the rise of the modern market economy.

Not for everybody, for sure, and there’s a large “so what?

Following that he held a succession of academic appointments in economics at Yale University —Columbia University —Harvard University — and the Institute for Advanced Study — 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 passionw progress. One particularly interesting thread is the notion that avarice was once hirschmaj as i a rather innocuous passion, and ii a passion that can control, limit, and even diminish other, more harmful passions e.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Commerce, however, appealed to the rational tbe 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.

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