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The Invention of Market Freedom

The Invention of Market Freedom


  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001367

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  • How did the value of freedom become so closely associated with the institution of the market? Why did the idea of market freedom hold so little appeal before the modern period and how can we explain its rise to dominance? In The Invention of Market Freedom, Eric MacGilvray addresses these questions by contrasting the market conception of freedom with the republican view that it displaced. After analyzing the ethical core and exploring the conceptual complexity of republican freedom, MacGilvray shows how this way of thinking was confronted with, altered in response to, and finally overcome by the rise of modern market societies. By learning to see market freedom as something that was invented, we can become more alert to the ways in which the appeal to freedom shapes and distorts our thinking about politics.

    • Provides an historical explanation of the contemporary association of freedom with the market
    • Provides an examination of the ethical core, internal complexity and historical development of the republican conception of freedom which represents an advance on existing views
    • Argues that we should set aside the familiar and influential negative-positive liberty dichotomy in favor of a theory of freedom that centers on the contrast between republican and market freedom
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001367
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Republicanism and the market
    2. Republican freedom
    3. Liberalism before liberty
    4. The rise of commerce
    5. The market synthesis
    6. Republicanism in eclipse
    7. Markets and the new republicanism.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Topics in Political Theory: Republicanism
  • Author

    Eric MacGilvray, Ohio State University
    Eric MacGilvray is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. He is the author of Reconstructing Public Reason and of articles in a number of leading journals.

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