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Two Narratives of Political Economy

ISBN-10: 0470948299
ISBN-13: 9780470948293
Edition: 2011
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Description: This is an anthology of political economy from the 17 th to the 19 th century. The main theme is that all of political economy from the 17 th century to the very present can be captured in two narratives originating in Locke and Rousseau  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 2/15/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 473
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

This is an anthology of political economy from the 17 th to the 19 th century. The main theme is that all of political economy from the 17 th century to the very present can be captured in two narratives originating in Locke and Rousseau respectively. Those original narratives are expanded in significant ways in the 18th and 19 th centuries and the editors argue that they still hold sway today. Edited original writings included in the anthology are from: Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx, Proudhon, Owen, as well as the Federalist Papers, French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, and the American Constitution. The editors have restricted their comments to the extensive introductions thereby allowing the original participants to speak for themselves. The readings included are intended to be instructive with respect to the origin and development of the two narratives rather than an exhaustive account of how thinkers and writers on economics advance the project of economics as a social science.The objective of this book is to retrieve these two narratives in order to apply the rediscoveries to the contemporary situation. At the heart is the claim that there are two narratives at work both in the normative and empirical sense: the liberty narrative and the equality narrative. Both these narratives are informed by two versions of the enlightenment. Both of these narratives undergo internal intellectual challenges as the enlightenment understanding of physical and human nature are subjected to criticism."The authors have assembled an impressively representative array of materials and have convincingly located the origins of contemporary political and economic thought in Enlightenment philosophy. The book is both timely and of abiding relevance to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of what lies in the past, present, or future of political economy and political philosophy." Kevin Honeycutt, Sweet Briar College

Editors' Note
General Introduction
The Emergence of Political Economy: Economic Activity Leaves the Household
Introduction
The Second Treatise
A Letter Concerning Toleration
Some Considerations of the Lowering of Interest and the Raising the Value of Money
The Two Discourses
A Discourse on Political Economy
The Social Contract
The Arrival of Political Economy: Liberty, Property, and Equality
Introduction
Wealth of Nations
The Theory of Moral Sentiments
The American Founding
Democracy in America
The French Revolution
A New View of Society
Nouveau Christianisme
Friedrich List National System
The Philosophy of Poverty
What is Property?
The Maturation of the Two Narratives: The Challenge of Social Economy
Introduction
The Principles of Political Economy
On Liberty
The Subjection of Women
The Communist Manifesto
Das Kapital
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Index

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