Bernard de Mandeville's Tropology of Paradoxes

Morals, Politics, Economics, and Therapy

  • Edmundo Balsemão Pires
  • Joaquim Braga

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peter Knox-Shaw
    Pages 79-90
  3. Béatrice Guion
    Pages 91-104
  4. Rui Bertrand Romão
    Pages 105-112
  5. Işıl Çeşmeli
    Pages 113-124
  6. John J. Callanan
    Pages 125-136
  7. Cláudio Alexandre S. Carvalho
    Pages 147-166
  8. Mikko Tolonen
    Pages 167-179
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 257-264

About this book


​This books brings together new studies on the thought of Bernard de Mandeville. The chapters reflect a rethinking of de Mandeville’s legacy and, together, present a comprehensive approach to de Mandeville’s work. The book is published on the occasion of the 300 years that have passed since the publication of the Fable of the Bees. Bernard de Mandeville disassembled the dichotomies of traditional moral thinking to show that the outcomes of the social action emerge as new, non-intentional effects from the combination of moral opposites, vice and virtue, in such a form that they lose their moral significance. The work of this great writer, philosopher and physician is interwoven with an awareness of the paradoxical nature of modern society and the challenges that this recognition brings to an adequate perspective on the historical world of modernity.


Bernard de Mandeville Commercial Society Eighteenth-Century Studies Modern Thought Satire Social Theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Edmundo Balsemão Pires
    • 1
  • Joaquim Braga
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculdade de Letras-Universidade de Coimbra, Largo da Porta FérreaCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Faculdade de Letras-Universidade de Coimbra, Largo da Porta FérreaCoimbraPortugal

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