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Economic Sentiments

Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment

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$34.00 • £27.95 • €30.50

ISBN 9780674008373

Publication Date: 04/30/2002


368 pages

5-3/4 x 8-7/8 inches


  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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