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The Resource Power, pleasure, and profit : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison, David Wootton

Power, pleasure, and profit : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison, David Wootton

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Power, pleasure, and profit : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
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Power, pleasure, and profit
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insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
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David Wootton
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eng
Summary
"We pursue power, pleasure, and profit. We want as much as we can get, and we deploy instrumental reasoning--cost-benefit analysis--to get it. We judge ourselves and others by how well we succeed. It is a way of life and thought that seems natural, inevitable, and inescapable. As David Wootton shows, it is anything but. In Power, Pleasure, and Profit, he traces an intellectual and cultural revolution that replaced the older normative systems of Aristotelian ethics and Christian morality with the iron cage of instrumental reasoning that now gives shape and purpose to our lives. Wootton guides us through four centuries of Western thought--from Machiavelli to Madison--to show how new ideas about politics, ethics, and economics stepped into a gap opened up by religious conflict and the Scientific Revolution. As ideas about godliness and Aristotelian virtue faded, theories about the rational pursuit of power, pleasure, and profit moved to the fore in the work of writers both obscure and as famous as Hobbes, Locke, and Adam Smith. The new instrumental reasoning was a double-edged weapon. It cut through old codes of status and rank, enabling the emergence of movements for liberty and equality. But it also helped to create a world in which virtue, honor, shame, and guilt count for almost nothing, and what matters is success.--
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1952-
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Wootton, David
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Conduct of life
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Values
  • Enlightenment
  • Ambition
  • Pleasure
  • Profit
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Power, pleasure, and profit : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison, David Wootton
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • txt
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Contents
Insatiable appetites -- Power: (mis)reading Machiavelli -- Happiness: words and concepts -- Selfish systems: Hobbes and Locke -- Utility: in place of virtue -- The state: checks and balances -- Profit: the invisible hand -- The market: poverty and famines -- Self-evidence
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on1023055265
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780674976672
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1023055265
Label
Power, pleasure, and profit : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison, David Wootton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Insatiable appetites -- Power: (mis)reading Machiavelli -- Happiness: words and concepts -- Selfish systems: Hobbes and Locke -- Utility: in place of virtue -- The state: checks and balances -- Profit: the invisible hand -- The market: poverty and famines -- Self-evidence
Control code
on1023055265
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780674976672
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1023055265

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