Exciting the Industry of Mankind George Berkeley’s Philosophy of Money

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 2000 - Business & Economics - 446 pages
Exciting the Industry of Mankind is the first comprehensive book about George Berkeley's revolutionary views on money and banking. Berkeley broke the conceptual link between money and metallic substance in The Querist, a work published between 1735 and 1737 in Dublin, consisting entirely of questions. Exciting the Industry of Mankind explains what economic and social forces caused Berkeley to write The Querist in response to a major economic crisis in Ireland.
Exciting the Industry of Mankind falsifies the view that Berkeley has nothing to tell us about our present and future social and economic life. For the `idealism' Berkeley found in the money form is now becoming a fact of global economic life, when `xenomoney' and `virtual money' exchanges begin to dwarf commodity transactions, and the future becomes the dominant temporal dimension of economic activity.
Philosophers, historians, cultural theorists, economists and lovers of Irish history will be interested in this volume.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Berkeleys Monetary Education
15
De Motu Bubblium
21
Copper and Consent
65
Slaves Paper and Baptism
80
Prolegomena to The Querist
156
Defetishizing Gold
178
The Querists Solution
241
Tickets Banks and Questions
280
Molyneux Man Dances the Tarantella
314
The Querists Hope and Failure
337
Money Libertinism and Failure
379
Instructions for Dismounting from
405
Bibliography
421
Index
441
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