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Nineteenth-Century Individualism and the Market Economy Individualist Themes in Emerson, Thoreau, and Sumner by Luke Philip Plotica
  

Nineteenth-Century Individualism and the Market Economy Individualist Themes in Emerson, Thoreau, and Sumner

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Nineteenth-Century Individualism and the Market Economy Individualist Themes in Emerson, Thoreau, and Sumner by Luke Philip Plotica

This book studies nineteenth-century American individualism and its relationship to the simultaneous rise of the market economy as articulated in the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and William Graham Sumner. The argument of the book is that these thinkers offer distinct visions of individualism that reflect their respective understandings of the market, and provide thoughtful and insightful perspectives upon the promise and peril of this economic and social order. Looking back to Emerson, Thoreau, and Sumner furnishes valuable insights about the history of American political and social thought, as well as about the complexity of one of the most basic and prevalent relationships of modern life: that between the individual and the institutional complex of the market.

About the Author

Luke Philip Plotica is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech, USA with training in political theory and public law.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2017

Author

Luke Philip Plotica

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Publisher

Springer International Publishing AG

Format

Hardback
275 pages

Categories

Economic history
Political science & theory
Social & political philosophy

ISBN

9783319621715

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