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Author Wootton, David.

Title Power, pleasure, and profit [electronic resource] : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison / David Wootton.

Imprint Old Saybrook, Conn. : Tantor Media ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] RBdigital, 2018, p2018.

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Description 1 online resource (10 hr., 17 min.)
Note Unabridged.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Requires RBdigital Media Manager.
System requirements: 200 MB of free disk space, 512 MB of RAM, Windows Installer 3.1, Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (x86 and x64), Windows Media Player 10 QA.
Note Downloadable audio file.
Title from title screen.
Access Access restricted to subscribing institutions.
Performer Narrated by Charles Constant.
Form Downloadable applications available for access via iOS 4.0+ devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android 2.1+ devices.
Summary 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 ourselves and others by how well we succeed. It is a way of life and thought that seems natural, inevitable, and inescapable. As David Wootton shows, it is anything but. In Power, Pleasure, and Profit, he traces an intellectual and cultural revolution that replaced the older systems of Aristotelian ethics and Christian morality with the instrumental reasoning that now gives shape and purpose to our lives.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.
Subject Political science.
Genre/Form Audiobooks.
Added Author Constant, Charles. Narrator.
Tantor Media.
ISBN 9781977310279
Music No. Z100143594 Recorded Books

 
    
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