After the End of History: The Curious Fate of American Materialism

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University of Michigan Press, 16 лист. 2009 р. - 240 стор.
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"Robert E. Lane is one of the most prominent and distinguished critics of both the human impact of market economies and economic theory, arguing from much research that happiness is more likely to flow from companionship, enjoyment of work, contribution to society, and the opportunity to develop as a person, than from the pursuit of wealth and the accumulation of material goods in market economies. This latest work playfully personalizes the contrast through a dialogue between a humanistic social scientist, Dessi, and a market economist, Adam. It is all too rare to have the two sides talking to each other. Moreover, in Lane's witty and literate hands, it is an open-minded and balanced conversation, in which neither side has all the answers. His unparalleled grasp of interdisciplinary social scientific knowledge is brought to bear on the largest questions of human life: What genuinely makes people happy? How should human society be organized to maximize the quality of human lives?"
--David O. Sears, Professor of Psychology and Political Science, UCLA

"Lane's deep knowledge of the sources of human happiness enables him to develop a powerful critique of economic theory."
---Robert A. Dahl, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Yale University

Robert E. Lane is the Eugene Meyer Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University. His previous publications include The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies (2000) and The Market Experience (1991).

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Spanakopita One Prologue
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Spanakopita Two What Should We Be Doing?
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Spanakopita Three Whats Wrong with Materialism?
41
The Value of Persons
63
Spanakopita Five The HumanistMaterialist Axis
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Spanakopita Six Diminishing Returns to Happiness
101
Spanakopita Seven Better People
121
Spanakopita Eight Getting Rich the Right Way
143
Spanakopita Nine After the End of History
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Notes
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Сторінка 151 - Individualism is a mature and calm feeling, which disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of his fellows and to draw apart with his family and his friends; so that, after he has thus formed a little circle of his own, he willingly leaves society at large to itself.
Сторінка 58 - And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame; And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame, But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star, Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They are!
Сторінка 61 - Assume man to be man and his relationship to the world to be a human one: then you can exchange love only for love, trust for trust, etc.
Сторінка 43 - Does it require deep intuition to comprehend that man's ideas^ views, and conceptions, in one word, man's consciousness, changes with every change in the conditions of his material existence, in his social relations and in his social life?
Сторінка 184 - The outstanding discovery of recent historical and anthropological research is that man's economy, as a rule, is submerged in his social relationships. He does not act so as to safeguard his individual interest in the possession of material goods; he acts so as to safeguard his social standing, his social claims, his social assets. He values material goods only in so far as they serve this end.
Сторінка 40 - In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate : I am the captain of my soul.
Сторінка 4 - A native of the United States clings to this world's goods as if he were certain never to die ; and he is so hasty in grasping at all within his reach, that one would suppose he was constantly afraid of not living long enough to enjoy them. He clutches everything, he holds nothing fast, but soon loosens his grasp to pursue fresh gratifications.
Сторінка 194 - Susan Moller Okin, Women in Western Political Thought (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979); Diana Coole, Women in Political Theory: From Ancient Misogyny to Contemporary Feminism (Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 1988); Linda A.

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Robert E. Lane is Eugene Meyer Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University.

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