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Economic sentiments : Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment
Rothschild, Emma, 1948-
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
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ix, 353 p. ; 25 cm.


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Book 0312952 HB83 .R68 2001 Central Campus Library

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In a recreation of the epoch between the 1770s and the 1820s, Emma Rothschild reinterprets the ideas of the great revolutionary political economists to show us the true landscape of economic and political thought in their day, with important consequences for our own. Her work alters the readings of Adam Smith and Condorcet - and of ideas of enlightenment - that underlie much contemporary political thought. This text takes up late-18th-century disputes over the political economy of an enlightened, commercial society to show us how the political and the economic were intricately related to each other and to philosophical reflection. Rothschild examines theories of economic and political sentiments, and the reflection of these theories in the politics of enlightenment.

Table of Contents

1 Economic Dispositions
The History of Sentiments Civilized and Commercial Society
The Unfrightened Mind Two Kinds of Enlightenment
The Devil Himself Heroic Dispositions
A Sort of Inner Shuddering
The Cold Light of Reason and the Warmth of Economic Life Seeing the State as in a Picture Indulgence and Indifference
The Light of History
The Enlightenment and the Present
2 Adam Smith and Conservative Economics
This Famous Philosopher Scotland in the 1790s Economic and Political Freedom
The Liberal Reward of Labor One-Sided Rationalistic Liberalism Smith's Real Sentiments
3 Commerce and the State
A Reciprocal Dependence Scarcities, Dearths, and Famines
Poverty and General Equilibrium Turgot's Policies against Famine
Interpretations of Smith and Turgot The Lapse of Time
4 Apprenticeship and Insecurity
A Strange Adventure It Is But Equity, Besides Corporations and Competition
Education and Apprenticeship
A State of Nonage
The Apprenticeship: A Digression on the Slave Trade Uncertain Jurisprudence History and Institutions
5 The Bloody and Invisible Hand
The Invisible Hand of Jupiter Tremble, Unfortunate King!
Intentions and Interests Political Influence Clerical Systems Smith's "Stoicism" Order and Design
A Persuasive Device Explanation and Understanding Greatest Possible Values Evolved Orders Two Shortcomings of Liberal Thought
6 Economic and Political Choice Raton Was Quite Astonished... General Economic Interdependence Giving the Impression of Doing Nothing
The Soul Discouraged Poverty, Taxes, and Unsalubrious Factories
Formal Methods Social Choice and Economic Procedures
Discussions and Constitutions Pelion and Ossa
7 Condorcet and the Conflict of Values Cold, Descriptive Cartesian Reason Diversity and Uniformity
The Indissoluble Chain Civilized Conflict Inconsistent Universalism Domestic Virtues
The Imaginary Enlightenment
The Liberty of Thought and Discussion
8 A Fatherless World A Different Enlightenment Smith and Condorcet Uncertainty and Irresolution
A System of Sentiments Civilized Political Discussion Economic Sentiments
A World Unrestored Suitable Equality
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