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The Bourgeois Virtues

The Bourgeois Virtues

Ethics for an Age of Commerce

  • Author: Deirdre N. McCloskey
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226556673
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 634
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For a century and a half, the artists and intellectuals of Europe have scorned the bourgeoisie. And for a millennium and a half, the philosophers and theologians of Europe have scorned the marketplace. The bourgeois life, capitalism, Mencken’s “booboisie” and David Brooks’s “bobos”—all have been, and still are, framed as being responsible for everything from financial to moral poverty, world wars, and spiritual desuetude. Countering these centuries of assumptions and unexamined thinking is Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Virtues, a magnum opus that offers a radical view: capitalism is good for us. McCloskey’s sweeping, charming, and even humorous survey of ethical thought and economic realities—from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich—overturns every assumption we have about being bourgeois. Can you be virtuous and bourgeois? Do markets improve ethics? Has capitalism made us better as well as richer? Yes, yes, and yes, argues McCloskey, who takes on centuries of capitalism’s critics with her erudition and sheer scope of knowledge. Applying a new tradition of “virtue ethics” to our lives in modern economies, she affirms American capitalism without ignoring its faults and celebrates the bourgeois lives we actually live, without supposing that they must be lives without ethical foundations. High Noon, Kant, Bill Murray, the modern novel, van Gogh, and of course economics and the economy all come into play in a book that can only be described as a monumental project and a life’s work. The Bourgeois Virtues is nothing less than a dazzling reinterpretation of Western intellectual history, a dead-serious reply to the critics of capitalism—and a surprising page-turner.

Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature

Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature

Perspectives on Business from Novels and Plays

  • Author: Edward W. Younkins
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 149851930X
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 468
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This multidisciplinary collection of essays provides a means to appreciate the richness and variety of fictional portrayals of businesses and businesspersons. The works selected for examination reflect the variety of philosophical, political, economic, cultural, social, and ethical perspectives that have been found in American society over time.

Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

Capitalism and Civil Society in the British Enlightenment

  • Author: Mark Garrett Longaker
  • Publisher: Penn State Press
  • ISBN: 0271074779
  • Category: History
  • Page: 184
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During the British Enlightenment, the correlation between effective communication and moral excellence was undisputed—so much so that rhetoric was taught as a means of instilling desirable values in students. In Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue, Mark Garrett Longaker explores the connections between rhetoric and ethics in the context of the history of capitalism. Longaker’s study lingers on four British intellectuals from the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century: philosopher John Locke, political economist Adam Smith, rhetorical theorist Hugh Blair, and sociologist Herbert Spencer. Across one hundred and fifty years, these influential men sought to mold British students into good bourgeois citizens by teaching them the discursive habits of clarity, sincerity, moderation, and economy, all with one incontrovertible truth in mind: the free market requires virtuous participants in order to thrive. Through these four case studies—written as biographically focused yet socially attentive intellectual histories—Longaker portrays the British rhetorical tradition as beholden to the dual masters of ethics and economics, and he sheds new light on the deliberate intellectual engineering implicit in Enlightenment pedagogy.

Political Questions

Political Questions

Political Philosophy from Plato to Pinker, Fourth Edition

  • Author: Larry Arnhart
  • Publisher: Waveland Press
  • ISBN: 1478631015
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 609
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In this enhanced edition, Larry Arnhart continues to ask thought-provoking questions that illuminate the philosophies of some of the most prominent political thinkers throughout history. This clear, well-written guide is an ideal supplement to the original texts he recommends at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to his analysis of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Rawls, the author’s well-organized and insightful approach provides an even more comprehensive overview than the earlier editions: • Supplementing the discussion of Leviathan, the chapter on Thomas Hobbes covers Behemoth. • The chapter on John Locke includes his Letter Concerning Toleration as well as the original discussion of Second Treatise of Government. • A chapter on Adam Smith has been added, which discusses Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations. • Leo Strauss is featured, with an examination of Persecution and the Art of Writing and Natural Right and History. • A final chapter analyzes Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature.

The Bourgeois

The Bourgeois

Between History and Literature

  • Author: Franco Moretti
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • ISBN: 1781683050
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 228
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"I am a member of the bourgeois class, feel myself to be such, and have been brought up on its opinions and ideals," wrote Max Weber, in 1895. Who could repeat these words today? Thus begins Franco Moretti’s study of the bourgeois in modern European literature, where a gallery of individual portraits is entwined around the analysis of specific keywords – such as ‘useful’ and ‘earnest’, ‘efficiency’, ‘influence’, ‘comfort’, ‘roba’ – and of the formal mutations of the medium of prose. The book charts the rise and fall of bourgeois culture, exploring the causes for its historical weakness, and searches for the seeds of its failures. From the Hardcover edition.

The Vices of Economists, the Virtues of the Bourgeoisie

The Vices of Economists, the Virtues of the Bourgeoisie

  • Author: Deirdre N. McCloskey
  • Publisher: Leiden University Press
  • ISBN: 9789053562444
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 135
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The 'vices' are three bad habits into which economists have fallen over the past fifty years: bad statistics, bad theory, and bad applications of statistics and theory to public affairs. This book details the vices, tracing them to the influence of three giants of the 1940s and 1950s in economics, the Americans Lawrence Klein and Paul Samuelson, and the Dutchman Jan Tinbergen. McCloskey recommends a 'bourgeois', even feminine, virtue to replace the aristocratic and masculine vices of modern economics. She sees intellectual life as a bourgeois market of negotiating equals. What is good for a liberal democracy is good for intellectual life, she argues, even in the forbiddingly mathematical world of modern economics.

The Protestant Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism

The Protestant Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism

Christians, Freedom, and Free Markets

  • Author: Kathryn D. Blanchard
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1621890694
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 262
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Since the publication of Max Weber's classic, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, it has long been assumed that a distinctly Protestant ethos has shaped the current global economic order. Against this common consensus, Kathryn D. Blanchard argues that the theological thought of John Calvin and the Protestant movement as a whole has much to say that challenges the current incarnation of the capitalist order. This book develops an approach to Christian economic ethics that celebrates God's gift of human freedom, while at the same time acknowledging necessary, and indeed vital, limitations in the context of material and social life. Through sustained interaction with such unlikely dialogue partners as Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, Deirdre McCloskey, and Muhammad Yunus, this book shows that the virtues of self-denial, neighbor love, and sympathy have been quite at home in the capitalism of the past, and can be again. Though self-interest has enjoyed several decades as the unquestioned ruling principle of American economics, other-interest is steadily coming back into view, not only among Christian ethicists, but among economists as well. This book explores the important implications of this shift in economic thinking from a theological perspective.

Accepting the Invisible Hand

Accepting the Invisible Hand

Market-Based Approaches to Social-Economic Problems

  • Author: M. White
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230114318
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 197
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This collection of essays by prominent economists and philosophers showcases the important contributions that markets can make to important topics within social economics, including practical issues such as poverty and disaster relief, as well as more general concerns regarding ethics and well-being.

Bourgeois Dignity

Bourgeois Dignity

Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World

  • Author: Deirdre N. McCloskey
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226556743
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 571
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In a book that looks at the birth of the industrial revolution and the rise of capitalism in the 17th and 18th centuries, the author argues that economic change--including change today--depends less on foreign trade, investment or material causes and more on ideas and what people believe. By the author of The Bourgeois Virtues.

Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue

Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue

  • Author: Ryan Patrick Hanley
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521449294
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 224
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This book revisits the moral and political philosophy of Adam Smith to recover his understanding of morality in a market age.