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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The Passions and the Interests by Albert O. Twentieth Anniversary edition by Princeton University Press, jnterests One, their language and selection of words is very fancy and they go He takes time to come to the point. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Economics and Christian Desire. I would recomend it to anyone looking to understand the theoretical basis for capitalistic society.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: By showing that the same arguments about the relative strengths of the passions and the interests were central to early writers in capitalism’s history as modern writers, we should probably be less inclined toward the view that “capitalism changes everything” and normative political economy should start from a blank slate.

This in turn allowed the analysis of political economy based on private gain that accompanied the rise of capitalism in late 18th century. Hirschman is indeed an economist “of the people”. Dec 21, Lee rated it really liked it. These early arguments about the ability of self-interest to restrain violent passions and constrain power hungry political leaders have not held up under the weight of history, but as Hirshman notes, we see more contemporary thinkers fall back on these ideas.

Want to Read saving…. Mike Smyth is at it again! Not for everybody, for sure, and there’s a large “so what? This is probably all one can ask of history, and of history of ideas in particular: 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”.


I got into Hirschman recently,and I’m in a long-term read of a book about his fascinating life Worldly Philosopher,lauded by Malcolm Gladwellbut I’m also reading a couple of his books along the way, including “Crossing Boundaries” a delicious hors d’oeuvre of a bookand this one, which is short at pages, but literally rewrites the historical underpinnings of the development of capitalism. This short book is an eye opener, for all of us w ho struggles with the concept of interest in it reduced form.

Dec 29, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref.

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The Passions and the Interests: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Well apart from this the book makes sense.

It is rare to pick up a book for academic research and find it a pleasure to read, but this was certainly the case with Hirschman’s delightful prose. Two eighteen century thinkers at the center of this argument were Montesquieu and Sir James Steuart. Feb 22, katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hirschman also deals with the effects figures like Montesquieu and Steuart foresaw for self-interest on politics, and why these effects might be ambivalent.

A seminal book by an intellectual giant — based on the simplest of propositions underpinning all of history: Showing of 8 reviews.

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Capitalism thus sprung out of a dire necessity to deal with a war-mongering aristocracy and their inferior rhe I Enjoyed Hirschman’s analysis, which, however, is quite narrow in its scope and is elucidated very early.

I was hoping to find a few nuggets on the philosophies surrounding capitalism’s original sin, but came away with so much more; and in such a short little book at that. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The Passions and the Interests, for instance, is a study of how “capitalism was supposed to accomplish exactly what was soon to be denounced as its worst feature. Hjrschman Choose a language for shopping. Overall, the pursuit of individual interest is assigned the role of a mid-way countervailing force, a force that contains the passions of humanity, and particularly the passions of political leaders.


Lists with This Book. Of course, before the dawn of capitalism, the pursuit of economic interests is considered one of the worst passions; avarice is a foe of the Platonic conception of Reason and the Christian view of the Truth.

Quotation of the Week: Frustratingly and almost certainly intentionallyhe does not attempt a conclusion; rather, he suggests that the alternate origin and intent of capitalism which he adduces should be recognized by other economists and economic historians so that they don’t simply rehash the same tired a Hirschman does a beautiful job of tracing the origin of capitalism and its intended effects, as well as bringing into conversation most of the important seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers on the topic.

How nasty can we afford to be to other human beings if acting in such a way damages our material interest? Hirschman, in other words, is a voice for moderation and mindfulness.

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Feb 17, Radwa rated it really liked it Shelves: Hirschman offers a revisionist intellectual history of capitalism in which, rather than revolution of bourgeois norms against aristocratic ones, the spirit of capitalism was actually the result of a revolution in thinking among elites about the relative merits of the passions and the interests.

The author concludes by highlighting the rhetorical use of arguments based or leading to such an analysis to political power structures. Instead of balancing the greed of the powerful with the sober and relatively modest merchants of what became the middle class, capitalism has become what it had once checked: Princeton Classics Book 2 Paperback: