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Of Distracting and Dismal Confusions

  • Gavin Kennedy

Abstract

The butcher, the brewer, and the baker (a comment on an 18th-century diet?), have the contents of our dinners to hand but are not yet persuaded to hand them over:

‘We address ourselves,’ says Smith, ‘not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.’1

‘When you apply to a brewer or butcher for beer or for beef you do not explain to him how much you stand in need of these, but how much it would be in [his] interest to allow you to have them for a certain price.’2

Man … works on the selflove of his fellows, by setting before them a sufficient temptation to get what he wants.’3

Keywords

Economic Science Reciprocal Exchange Selfish Conduct Full Play Ethical Quality 
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© Gavin Kennedy 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gavin Kennedy
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  1. 1.EdinburghUK

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