By Jill Phillips Ingram

Idioms of Self-Interest uncovers an rising social integration of monetary self-interest in early sleek England by means of analyzing literary representations of credits relationships during which people are either held to criteria of communal belief and rewarded for risk-taking enterprise.


Drawing on women’s wills, retailers’ tracts, estate legislation, mock testaments, mercantilist pamphlets and theatrical account books, and using the most recent paintings in fiscal conception and historical past, the e-book examines the background of monetary idea because the heritage of discourse. In chapters that target The service provider of Venice, Eastward Ho!, and Whitney’s Wyll and Testament, it reveals linguistic and commonly used rigidity put on an ethics of credits that enables for self-interest. Authors additionally sign up this tension because the failure of financial platforms that deny self-interest, as within the overwrought paternalistic platforms depicted in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens and Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis.



The e-book demonstrates that Renaissance interpretive formations relating monetary behaviour have been extra versatile and leading edge than appears to be like before everything look, and it argues that the concept of self-interest is a coherent locus of interpretation within the early 17th century.

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