Mind and the Market Capitalism in Western Thought

ISBN-10: 0385721668

ISBN-13: 9780385721660

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jerry Z. Muller

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A remarkable history of the idea of capitalism in Western thought--from its origins in classical Greece and Rome and in medieval Christianity, through its flowering from 1700 to the present day-that examines the most significant thinkers who have influenced our views on how the market can (and should or should not) affect the way society is organized.Capitalism is too complex a subject to be left to economists, and achieving a critical comprehension of it requires perspectives beyond those characteristic of modern economics. European thinkers have debated the cultural, moral, and political effects of capitalism for centuries, and their claims have been many and diverse. Historian Jerry Muller tracks this fascinating thread, setting out what the best and brightest-from Hobbes to Hayek, and across the ideological spectrum, including Voltaire, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Hegel, Marx, and Matthew Arnold, as well as twentieth-century communist, fascist, and neoliberal intellectuals-have thought about the ramifications of capitalism and its future implications. In doing so, he also shows how antisemitic stereotypes about Jews and their relationship to money have played an ongoing role in the interpretation of capitalism.The result is a compelling history of ideas and a riveting exploration of questions-about wealth and poverty, capitalism and culture, the individual and the state, and the role of intellectuals within market societies-that still compel our attention.
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List price: $17.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jerry Z. Muller is professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His previous books include "Adam Smith in His Time and Ours" (Princeton). His writing has appeared in the "Wall Street Journal", the "New Republic", and the "Times Literary Supplement", among other publications.

Historical Backdrop: Rights, Righteousness, and Virtue
Voltaire: "A Merchant of a Noble Kind"
Adam Smith: Moral Philosophy and Political Economy
Justus Moser: The Market as Destroyer of Culture
Edmund Burke: Commerce, Conservatism, and the Intellectuals
Hegel: A Life Worth Choosing
Karl Marx: From Jewish Usury to Universal Vampirism
Matthew Arnold: Weaning the Philistines from the Drug of Business
Weber, Simmel, and Sombart: Community, Individuality, and Rationality
Lukacs and Freyer: From the Quest for Community to the Temptations of Totality
Schumpeter: Innovation and Resentment
From Keynes to Marcuse: Affluence and Its Discontents
Friedrich Hayek: Untimely Liberal
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