Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World

Author:   Deirdre N. McCloskey
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
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9780226333991


Pages:   768
Publication Date:   19 April 2016
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Deirdre N. McCloskey
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 5.30cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   1.179kg
ISBN:  

9780226333991


ISBN 10:   022633399
Pages:   768
Publication Date:   19 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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McCloskey has spent a long and distinguished career asserting the efficacy of free markets in goods and labour.... Unusually versed in philosophy and literature, she has acted as something of a domestic chaplain for the Chicago school of economists, ministering to the spiritual state of <i>Homo economicus</i>. McCloskey is at her best in arguing that economics and ethics are mutually important but largely autonomous spheres of human endeavour. --Jeffrey Collins Times Literary Supplement


A sparkling book. . . . McCloskey makes a convincing case. --Martin Wolf Financial Times, Best Books of Early 2016 McCloskey has spent a long and distinguished career asserting the efficacy of free markets in goods and labour. . . . Unusually versed in philosophy and literature, she has acted as something of a domestic chaplain for the Chicago school of economists, ministering to the spiritual state of Homo economicus. . . . McCloskey is at her best in arguing that economics and ethics are mutually important but largely autonomous spheres of human endeavour. --Jeffrey Collins Times Literary Supplement It has always seemed to me that history is overdetermined, so any attempt to pick out a single cause will be doomed, and yet McCloskey's insistence on the essential role of what she variously calls ideas, ideology, ethics or rhetoric--the social acceptability of bourgeois folk engaging honourably in business--is persuasive. . . . Bourgeois Equality is richly detailed and erudite, and it will join its companion volumes as essential reading on the industrial revolution, as well as a model of the intellectual depth and breadth achievable through the study of economics. --Diane Coyle Financial Times It took me two months to read this 650-page, small-type book, the third volume in a trilogy. In that time I read several other books, absorbing Bourgeois Equality in small doses on trains, ships, Tubes, sofas and beds. If that sounds like faint praise, it's not. I wanted to savour every sentence of this remarkable feast of prose. It is a giant of a book about a giant of a topic: the 'great enrichment' of humanity over the past 300 years. It is so rich in vocabulary, allusion and fact as to be a contender for the great book of the great book of our age. Dump your copy of Thomas Piketty and put Deirdre McCloskey on the bookshelf instead. --Matt Ridley The Times, Book of the Week


It has always seemed to me that history is overdetermined, so any attempt to pick out a single cause will be doomed, and yet McCloskey's insistence on the essential role of what she variously calls ideas, ideology, ethics or rhetoric the social acceptability of bourgeois folk engaging honourably in business is persuasive. . . . Bourgeois Equality is richly detailed and erudite, and it will join its companion volumes as essential reading on the industrial revolution, as well as a model of the intellectual depth and breadth achievable through the study of economics. --Diane Coyle Financial Times


It took me two months to read this 650-page, small-type book, the third volume in a trilogy. In that time I read several other books, absorbing Bourgeois Equality in small doses on trains, ships, Tubes, sofas and beds. If that sounds like faint praise, it s not. I wanted to savour every sentence of this remarkable feast of prose. It is a giant of a book about a giant of a topic: the great enrichment of humanity over the past 300 years. It is so rich in vocabulary, allusion and fact as to be a contender for the great book of the great book of our age. Dump your copy of Thomas Piketty and put Deirdre McCloskey on the bookshelf instead. --Matt Ridley The Times, Book of the Week


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Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is an emerita distinguished professor of economics and of history, and professor of English and of communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of sixteen other books, including If You're So Smart, The Secret Sins of Economics, The Bourgeois Virtues, Bourgeois Dignity, and Crossing: A Memoir, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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