The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age

The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age

by Samuel Gregg

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Once relatively confined to parts of Europe and North America, commercial societies are now found in many other cultures and continents. Yet despite the international spread and growth of commercial order, the moral, economic, and legal foundations of commercial society remain poorly understood, especially in those countries where it first took root. Guided by the thoughts of Alexis de Tocqueville, Samuel Gregg's The Commercial Society identifies and explores the key foundational elements that must exist within a society for commercial order to take root and flourish. Gregg studies the challenges that have consistently impeded and occasionally undermined commercial order, including the persistence of 'corporatist' values and political movements seeking to equalize social conditions. This book offers a historically-grounded analysis for modern audiences interested in philosophy or the history of economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739153208
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/29/2007
Series: Studies in Ethics and Economics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 672 KB

About the Author

Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Toward Commercial Order
Chapter 2
Chapter 1: Foundations
Chapter 3 Neither Angel nor Beast
Chapter 4 The System of Natural Liberty
Chapter 5 The Liberty of Law
Chapter 6
Chapter 2: Challenges
Chapter 7 The Temptation of Politics
Chapter 8 The Dilemma of Democracy
Chapter 9 Culture and the Possibility of Non-Spontaneous Commercial Society

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