Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment by Emma RothschildEconomic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment by Emma Rothschild

Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment

byEmma Rothschild

Paperback | April 30, 2002

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In a brilliant recreation of the epoch between the 1770s and the 1820s, Emma Rothschild reinterprets the ideas of the great revolutionary political economists to show us the true landscape of economic and political thought in their day, with important consequences for our own. Her work alters the readings of Adam Smith and Condorcet--and of ideas of Enlightenment--that underlie much contemporary political thought.

Economic Sentiments takes up late-eighteenth-century disputes over the political economy of an enlightened, commercial society to show us how the "political" and the "economic" were intricately related to each other and to philosophical reflection. Rothschild examines theories of economic and political sentiments, and the reflection of these theories in the politics of enlightenment. A landmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, her book shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conservatism in an unquiet world. In doing so, it casts a new light on our own times.

Emma Rothschild is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Director of the Center for History and Economics, King's College.
Title:Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the EnlightenmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:April 30, 2002Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


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




Editorial Reviews

One of the most original and mind-altering academic works of the past decade.