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The fable of the bees : and other writings

Author: Bernard Mandeville; E J Hundert
Publisher: Indianapolis : Hackett Pub., ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although never censored, Bernard Mandeville's anonymously published The Fable of the Bees; or Private Vices, Public Benefits came to be regarded soon after its publication in 1723 as the Enlightenment's epitome of immorality. As a naturalistic account of the mechanisms that condition human desire and of the unintended stabilizing social consequences of self-interested action, it has since been recognized as one the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Mandeville; E J Hundert
ISBN: 0872203751 9780872203754 0872203743 9780872203747
OCLC Number: 37341390
Description: xxxii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The Ideological Context of Mandeville's Rise to Fame. 2. Mandeville's Project: A Science of Socialized Man. Sources. Of Charity and Self-Love (1675) [On the nature and function of egoism] / Pierre Nicole. Miscellaneous Thoughts on the Comet of 1680 [On the relationship of belief to action] / Pierre Bayle --
Selections from The Fable of the Bees, Volume I (1723). The Preface [On the goals of the book]. The Grumbling Hive. The Introduction. An Enquiry into the Origin of Moral Virtue [On the origins of morality]. Remark C [On honor, shame, and good manners]. Remark F [On vice]. Remark G [On vice and the public good]. Remark I [On avarice]. Remark K [On prodigality]. Remark L [On luxury]. Remark M [On pride and emulation].
Responsibility: Bernard Mandeville ; abridged and edited with an introduction and notes, by E.J. Hundert.

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Published anonymously in 1723, "The Fable of the Bees" by Bernard Mandeville came to be regarded as the epitome of immorality. It is a naturalistic account of the mechanism of human desire. This  Read more...

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