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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 Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9783319621715
Publication date: 1st September 2017
Author: Luke Philip Plotica
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 275 pages
Categories: Economic history, Political science & theory, Social & political philosophy,

About Luke Philip Plotica

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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