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Albert Hirschman is an important social theorist, generally classified as evident in Hirschman’s book, The Passions and the Interests (). The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its. Triumph. Albert O. Hirschman. Princeton: Princeton University Press, , pp. x, . ALBERT O. HIRSCHMAN, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its Triumph. Pp. vii, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton.

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After France surrendered to the Nazis, he worked with Varian Fry to help many of Europe’s leading artists and intellectuals to escape to the United States; Hirschman helped to lead them from inferests France to Spain through paths in the Pyrenees Mountains and then to Portugal.

albett I got into Hirschman recently,and I’m in a long-term read of a book about his fascinating life Worldly Philosopher,lauded by Malcolm Gladwellbut I’m also reading a couple of his books along the way, including “Crossing Boundaries” a delicious hors d’oeuvre of a bookand this one, which is short at pages, but literally rewrites the historical underpinnings intreests the development of capitalism.

We do however need more advocates of history examination.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a book that should be widely read, and I would recommend it to anyone remotely passioons in the emergence of the capitalist system. Nevertheless, with the decline of feudalism and the rise of absolutist monarchies, the great concern of thinkers like Hobbes is the rising power of the state and the passions that lead monarchs and their states into ruinous external and civil wars.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Capitalism th sprung out of a dire necessity to deal with a war-mongering aristocracy and their inferior governance.

Quotes from The Passions and Economics and Christian Desire by William T. Written inin my mind it raises interesting questions about the future of the developing world, especially China, and for America as the economic future of the Middle Class continues to be threatened.


Honestly one of the best “history of ideas” books I’ve read In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests–so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice–was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man.

But that was probably never the point either.

Albert O. Hirschman

His first major contribution was in the area of development economics. Aug 24, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: A seminal book by an intellectual giant — based on the simplest of propositions underpinning all of history: Really interesting and different history of capitalism.

Behavioral Economics Development economics Economic sociology English historical school of economics French historical school Historical school of economics Legal realism New Institutional Economics Post-Keynesian economics. These early arguments about the ability of self-interest to thee violent passions and constrain power hungry political leaders have not held up under the weight of history, but as Hirshman notes, we see more contemporary thinkers fall back on these ideas.

For some Montesquieu, Smiththese forces are embodied in capitalists and capitalist institutions; for others the Physiocratsthey are embodied in the rulers themselves.

Understanding Society: Hirschman on the passions

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Tocqueville, for example, worried that self-interest would draw less talent into politics and increase opportunities for bad leaders. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Hirschman points out the concerns that an exclusive focus on economic gain as a core value of society could lead pace Weber to the decaying emotional life of the country. Hirschman here offers a new interpretation for the rise of capitalism, one that emphasizes the continuities between old and new, in contrast to the passionss of a sharp break that is a common feature of both Marxian and Weberian thinking.


Only after exhausting all genealogies and histories from paesions possible ths philosophers and French intellectuals does he make a little statement of his own.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Hirschmann was hirschmxn economist when the non-soviet and soviet spheres competed for domination over the decolonialized nations after WWII. An interesting, yet challenging, read Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Mar 24, Roger B rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course, before the dawn of capitalism, the pursuit of economic interests is considered one of the worst passions; avarice is a foe of the Platonic conception of Reason and the Christian view of hirsxhman Truth.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. For that reason, it is important to revisit them, in order to “raise the level of our debate. This article needs additional citations for verification. Instead of simply oscillating between one extreme and the other, we should recognize that our current discontent may in fact be the result of attempts to resolve older problems, and that by abandoning current policies we may unwittingly return to an older but nevertheless still unsatisfactory paradigm.

Albert O. Hirschman: The Passions and the Interests – Waggish

Jan 30, Ferda Nihat Koksoy rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, the pursuit of individual interest is assigned the role of a mid-way countervailing force, a force that contains the passions of humanity, and particularly the passions of political leaders.

Hirschman, in other words, is a voice for moderation and mindfulness.

The passions–especially those associated with glory and vanity–came to be understood as dangerous relative to others–those like gain.