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Francis Hutcheson on Luxury and Intemperance: The Mandeville Threat (2015)


This paper looks at two figures in the modern, European, eighteenth-century debate on luxury. It claims to better understand the differences between Francis Hutcheson and Bernard Mandeville by exploring how Hutcheson treated the topic of luxury as a distinction between two desires, thus differing from Mandeville's concept of luxury, and a concept of temperance based on moral sense. It explores why Hutcheson believed that luxury was a moral, social and political issue and particularly why he considered Mandeville the embodiment of a threat that went beyond simple considerations of the content of The Fable of the Bees to touch on reflections on the equilibrium of a social and political system. It aims to show how the psychological and the moral dimension were connected to Hutcheson's political theory and how luxury was one of the key points of this connection.

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Authors & Contributors
Porter, Roy S.
Schreyer, Rüdiger
Aalto, Sergei K.
Brooks, Garland P.
Horne, Thomas A.
Brooks, G. P.
History of European Ideas
Historiographia Linguistica: International Journal for the History of the Language Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Psychological Reports
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Scottish Journal of Political Economy
Columbia University Press
Cambridge University Press
Philosophy and politics
Moral philosophy
Mind and body
Mandeville, Bernard de
Hutcheson, Francls
Condillac, Étienne Bonnot de
Pufendorf, Samuel von
Smith, Adam
Cabanis, Pierre Jean Georges
Time Periods
18th century
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
20th century, late
British Isles
North America: United States; Canada
Great Britain
Cairo (Egypt)

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