Power, Pleasure, and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
Mega Sale! Save 25% on the Power, Pleasure, and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison by Tantor Audio at Spring Brook Audio. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. We pursue power, pleasure, and profit. We want as much as we can get, and we deploy instrumental reasoning-cost-benefit analysis-to get it. We judge
Wootton guides us through four centuries of Western thought to show how new ideas about politics, ethics, and economics stepped into a gap opened up by religious conflict and the Scientific Revolution. As ideas about godliness and Aristotelian virtue faded, theories about the rational pursuit of power, pleasure, and profit moved to the fore. The new instrumental reasoning cut through old codes of status and rank, enabling the emergence of movements for liberty and equality. But it also helped to create a world in which virtue, honor, shame, and guilt count for almost nothing, and what matters is success.
Is our world better for the rise of instrumental reasoning? To answer that question, Wootton writes, we must first recognize that we live in its grip.
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