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Self-Interest Before Adam Smith - A Genealogy of Economic Science (Paperback): Pierre Force
Self-Interest Before Adam Smith - A Genealogy of Economic Science (Paperback): Pierre Force

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Self-Interest Before Adam Smith - A Genealogy of Economic Science (Paperback)

Pierre Force

Series: Ideas in Context, No. 68

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Self-Interest before Adam Smith inquires into the foundations of economic theory. It is generally assumed that the birth of modern economic science, marked by the publication of The Wealth of Nations in 1776, was the triumph of the 'selfish hypothesis' (the idea that self-interest is the motive of human action). Yet, as a neo-Epicurean idea, this hypothesis had been a matter of controversy for over a century and Smith opposed it from a neo-Stoic point of view. But how can the Epicurean principles of orthodox economic theory be reconciled with the Stoic principles of Adam Smith's philosophy? Pierre Force shows how Smith's theory refutes the 'selfish hypothesis' and integrates it at the same time. He also explains how Smith appropriated Rousseau's 'republican' critique of modern commercial society, and makes the case that the autonomy of economic science is an unintended consequence of Smith's 'republican' principles.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Ideas in Context, No. 68
Release date: April 2007
First published: May 2007
Authors: Pierre Force
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 300
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-03619-1
Barcode: 9780521036191
Categories: Promotions
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > History of ideas, intellectual history
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political science & theory
Books > Business & Economics > Economics > Economic theory & philosophy
LSN: 0-521-03619-4

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