Self-Interest: An Intellectual History

  • Ayman Reda
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Islamic Banking, Finance, and Economics book series (IBFE)


This chapter presents an intellectual history of the concept of self-interest. It surveys the opinions of the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, and the subsequent thought of the Epicureans and the Stoics. In addition, it examines the opinions of the Church Fathers, the philosophers of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, and the classical and neoclassical economists, with a special emphasis on Adam Smith’s concept of the impartial spectator.


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  • Ayman Reda
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  1. 1.EconomicsThe University of Michigan - DearbornDearbornUSA

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