The Economy of Esteem

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The Economy of Esteem is a book by Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit describing the role of self-esteem and honour in the economy. It was published in 2005 by Oxford University Press.[1]

According to WorldCat, the book is held in 466 libraries [2] It has been reviewed by in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, [3] by Bo Rothstein in Perspectives in Politics [4] in Politische Vierteljahresschrift,[5] in Ethics,[6] in Journal of Economics,[7] in Economics and Philosophy,,[8] in Journal of European Social Policy,,[9] and in L'Année sociologique[10]

According to Brennan, others who have historically paid attention to the role of esteem in motivation range "from Cicero and Polybius through Thomas Aquinas to Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Hume, the American Founding Fathers, Kant, and notably Adam Smith", although Brennan argues that modern 'invisible hand' economics neglects the importance of esteem. Esteem is unique among currencies because it cannot be traded ("esteem is necessarily produced under conditions of autarky") and is subject to the paradox of hedonism.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ISBN 978-0-19-928981-3
  2. ^ WorldCat item record
  3. ^ Tyler Cowen Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 4, no. 3 (2005): 374-382 [1]
  4. ^ Bo Rothstein, Perspectives on Politics, 4, no. 4 (2006): 746-747
  5. ^ Claudia Landwehr Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 46, no. 2 (2005): 343-344 [2]
  6. ^ Zev M Trachtenberg, Ethics. 115, no. 4, (2005): 809
  7. ^ Benedetto Gui Journal of Economics - Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie, v86 n2 (20051115): 183-191 [3]
  8. ^ Diego Rios, Economics and Philosophy, v22 n02 (20060711)
  9. ^ S Rottiers, Journal of European Social Policy, v17 n3 (20070801): 287-288 v17 n3 (20070801): 287-288 [4]
  10. ^ Frédéric Minner, L'Année sociologique (1940/1948-) v58 n2 (2008): 491-495 [5]
  11. ^ "The Esteem Engine: a Resource For Institutional Design." by Geoffrey Brennan "Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Occasional Paper 2005/1 link