2014 HES PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS BEES AND SILKWORMS: MANDEVILLE, HUME, AND THE FRAMING OF POLITICAL ECONOMY
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 February 2015
Mandeville and Hume advance similar framings for their political economy, using emergentist and proto-sociological lines of analysis. They are less aligned with liberalism (political, economic, or metaphysical) than mercantilism, insofar as they favor balance-of-trade arguments and urbanization. They are both methodological holists, not individualists. It is the group, not individual agents, that figures at the core of their thought.
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