The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 512 pages
Capitalism has never been a subject for economists alone. Philosophers, politicians, poets and social scientists have debated the cultural, moral, and political effects of capitalism for centuries, and their claims have been many and diverse. The Mind and the Market is a remarkable history of how the idea of capitalism has developed in Western thought.

Ranging across an ideological spectrum that includes Hobbes, Voltaire, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Hegel, Marx, and Matthew Arnold, as well as twentieth-century communist, fascist, and neoliberal intellectuals, historian Jerry Muller examines a fascinating thread of ideas about the ramifications of capitalism and its future implications. This is an engaging and accessible history of ideas that reverberate throughout everyday life.

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I had the good fortune to catch Muller on Book Notes on C-SPAN a few years back. Hence "neoliberalism" and "globalization" are indexed, but not "Third Way" (or for that matter "Fourth International ... Read full review

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While Muller writes in an engaging accessible style ,his story of the enemies capitalism is much too breezy and one sided.The author never really seriously considers the works of those he considers the intellectual opponents of the "free market";besides which, there is no mention of scholars like Baran,Lange or Wallerstein.Better to spend your time on something more rigorous and demanding.Rick Ficek,Hamilton 


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Jerry Z. Muller is Professor of History at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Other God That Failed: Hans Freyer and the Deradicalization of German Conservatism, Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society, and Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the Present. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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