Bourgeois Virtues Ethics for an Age of Commerce

ISBN-10: 0226556646
ISBN-13: 9780226556642
Edition: 2007
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 634
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

For a century and a half the artists and intellectuals of Europe have scorned the bourgeoisie. And for a millennium and a half the philosophers and theologians of Europe have scorned the marketplace. The bourgeois life, capitalism, Mencken's "booboisie," and David Brooks's "bobos" all have been, and still are, framed as responsible for everything from financial and moral poverty to world wars and spiritual desuetude. Countering these centuries of assumptions and unexamined thinking is Deirdre McCloskey's "The Bourgeois Virtues," a magnum opus offering a radical view: capitalism is good for us. McCloskey's sweeping, charming, and even humorous survey of ethical thought and economic realities--from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich--overturns every assumption we have about being bourgeois. Can you be virtuous and bourgeois? Do markets improve ethics? Has capitalism made us better as well as richer? Yes, yes, and yes, argues McCloskey, who takes on centuries of capitalism's critics with astonishing erudition and range of reference. Applying a new tradition of "virtue ethics" to our lives in modern economies, she affirms American capitalism without ignoring its faults and celebrates the bourgeois lives we actually live, without supposing that they must be lives without ethical foundations. " High Noon," Kant, Bill Murray, the modern novel, van Gogh, and, of course, economics and the economy all come into play in a book that can only be described as a monumental project and a life's work. "The Bourgeois Virtues "is nothing less than a dazzling reinterpretation of Western intellectual history, a dead-serious reply to the critics of capitalism--and a surprising page-turner.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Apology: A Brief for the Bourgeois Virtues
Exordium: The Good Bourgeois
Narratio: How Ethics Fell
Probatio A: Modern Capitalism Makes Us Richer
Probatio B: And Lets Us Live Longer
Probatio C: And Improves Our Ethics
Refutatio: Anticapitalism Is Bad for Us
Peroratio
The Very Word "Virtue"
The Very Word "Bourgeois"
On Not Being Spooked by the Word "Bourgeois"
The Christian and Feminine Virtues: Love
The First Virtue: Love Profane and Sacred
Love and the Transcendent
Sweet Love vs. Interest
Bourgeois Economists against Love
Love and the Bourgeoisie
The Christian and Feminine Virtues: Faith and Hope
Faith as Identity
Hope and Its Banishment
Against the Sacred
Van Gogh and the Transcendent Profane
Humility and Truth
Economic Theology
The Pagan and Masculine Virtues: Courage, with Temperance
The Good of Courage
Anachronistic Courage in the Bourgeoisie
Taciturn Courage against the "Feminine"
Bourgeois vs. Queer
Balancing Courage
Prudence Is a Virtue
The Monomania of Immanuel Kant
The Storied Character of Virtue
Evil as Imbalance, Inner and Outer: Temperance and Justice
The Pagan-Ethical Bourgeois
Systematizing the Seven Virtues
The System of the Virtues
A Philosophical Psychology?
Ethical Striving
Ethical Realism
Against Reduction
Character(s)
Antimonism Again
Dropping the Virtues, 1532-1958
Other Lists
Eastern and Other Ways
Needing Virtues
The Bourgeois Uses of the Virtues
P and the Capitalist Life
Sacred Reasons
Not by P Alone
The Myth of Modern Rati

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