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Author Infantino, Lorenzo, 1948-

Title Individualism in modern thought : from Adam Smith to Hayek / Lorenzo Infantino.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.54 INFA    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Ordine senza piano. English
Physical description xii, 230 p. ; 25 cm.
Series Routledge studies in social and political thought ; 14
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-221) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Bernard de Mandeville and Adam Smith: the theory of the 'great society' -- 3. Which method? A question about the philosophy of the social sciences -- 4. Durkheim and the application of the collectivistic method -- 5. Is an 'individualistic' reading of Durkheim possible? -- 6. Economists and sociologists compared: Carl Menger and Georg Simmel, Ludwig von Mises and Max Weber -- 7. The early Parsons: between sociology and economics -- 8. Conclusions.
Summary "Individualism in Modern Thought is a comprehensive survey of methodological individualism in social, political and economic thought from the Enlightenment to the 20th century. Exploring the works of such figures as de Mandeville, Smith, Marx, Spencer, Durkheim, Menger, Simmel, Weber, Mises, Hayek, Popper and Parsons, this study underlines the contrasts between methodological collectivism and methodological individualism. The detailed analysis offered here also reveals the theoretical presuppositions behind the collectivist and individualist traditions and the practical consequences of their applications. Infantino concludes in favour of individualism."--BOOK JACKET.
"This work touches upon issues in social and political theory, intellectual history, political philosophy, political economy and sociological theory. The relationship between the individual and the constitution of society is of key interest to Infantino, who draws upon the ideas of Hayek to develop his own unique approach to the issues examined."--BOOK JACKET.
Language notes Translation of Ordine senza piano.
Subject Individualism -- History.
ISBN 0415185246 (hardcover)