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Title: The Mandevillean Conceit and the Profit-motive
Contributor(s): Walsh, AJ (author)orcid ; Lynch, AJ (author)
Publication Date: 2003
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1017/S0031819103000032
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Abstract: Invisible Hand accounts of the operations of the competitive market are often thought to have two implications for morality as it confronts economic life. First, explanations of agents economic activities eschew constitutive appeal to moral notions; and second, such moralism is pernicious insofar as it tends to undermine the operations of a socially valuable social process. This is the Mandevillean Conceit. The Conceit rests on an avarice-only reading of the profit-motive that is mistaken. The avarice-only reading is not the only way of characterising the profit-motive, and there are some positive grounds for thinking the benefits of profit pursuit are better attributed to the "lucrephile", and not the avarice-only "lucrepath".
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Philosophy, 78(1), p. 43-63
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge
ISSN: 0031-8191
Field of Research (FOR): 220319 Social Philosophy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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