Secret Concatenations: Mandeville to Malthus
by Donald Winch
Based on Winch’s Carlyle lectures at Oxford University, Secret Concatenations is a history of modern political and economic thought by the leading intellectual historian of economics today.
Taking us through a series of conversations that begin with Mandeville’s shocking thesis that private vice generates public good, Winch charts Adam Smith’s unlocking of the ‘secret concatenations’ linking the fortunes of rich and poor and traces the origins of the still ongoing ‘bitter argument between economists and human beings’.
Against the background of the revolutionary events that shaped our modern world, Winch reveals the twists and turns of some of the most fundamental conversations in which we find ourselves participating today.
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