Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment
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Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment

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In a 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 mu...more
Paperback, 353 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Harvard University Press (first published May 16th 2001)
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Frank Stein
In this book, Emma Rothschild argues that while many Enlightenment thinkers, especially Adam Smith and the Marquis de Condorcet, were obsessed with freedom of commerce, commerce to them was mainly a means to advance cultural and personal liberty. To prove it, she plunges deep into their writings and into the general milieu of the Enlightenment. She comes up with some precious insights and quotes, even if they are not always apropos, and even if the conclusions she draws from them are not always...more
Diego Castañeda
Emma Rothschild recrea gran parte del pensamiento de la Ilustración particularmente el de Adamn Smith y el Marques de Condorcet, rescata las ideas de estos pensadores y del pensamiento Fisiocrata de los llamados Economisté mostrando no la ilustración conservadora que se enseña hoy en día si no su real espíritu liberal, un liberalismo bien entendido no un odio al estado solo al estado absolutista no una adoración dogmática del mercado solo la necesaria, al nacer estos conceptos estado y mercado n...more
It's even more fascinating than when I first read it in 2001. Very sophisticated book, high brow historical essays (I don't know a better word for the chapters. They're not essays in the sense that Rothschild is simply improvising or adlibbing: she's very much on top of the subjects she writes about).
I'n rereading it because at the time I considered it of enormous importance for anybody interested in current affairs, although that's not what the book is about. I was in the process of reconstruc...more
Feb 04, 2012 Phil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Economists, Historians
Recommended to Phil by: Corey Robin
An excellent re-interpretation of the role of Adam Smith in the creation of a new way of thinking about economics. Instead of the slave to libertarians, Rothschild shows how Smith actually fits more in with Thomas Paine and the French Revolution than he does with the likes of Edmund Burke.
Aug 17, 2008 Tina marked it as to-read
Emma Rothschild je odlicna znanstvenica. I'm in awe. Z njenim mozem, Amartya Senom, sta pravi intelektualni power couple.
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