Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment
Money and political economy in the Enlightenment
Volume: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2014:05
Series editor: Jonathan Mallinson
Volume editor(s): Daniel Carey
Description: The development of political economy as a philosophical preoccupation constitutes a defining feature of the Enlightenment, but no consensual agreement on this issue was formed in the period. In this book contributors reassess the conflicting views on money, trade, banking, and the role of the State in the work of leading figures such as Locke, Davenant, Toland, Berkeley and Smith, and Smith’s critics in revolutionary France.
Key events, from the Recoinage crisis in the 1690s to the South Sea Bubble in the 1720s and the consequences of the French Revolution, sharpened the need for a more dynamic conception of economic forces in the midst of the Financial Revolution. Political economy emerged as a disruptive force, challenging philosophers to debate and define unstable phenomena in a new climate of expanding credit, innovation in money form, political change and international competition. In Money and political economy in the Enlightenment contributors investigate received critical assumptions about what was progressive and what was backward-looking, and reconsider traditional attempts to periodise the Enlightenment. Major questions explored include:
• the impact of economic and political crises on philosophy;
• transitions from mercantilist to ‘classical’ analyses of the market;
• the challenge of reviving ancient republicanism on the foundations of a modern commercial system, with its inherent social inequalities.
List of illustrations
Daniel Carey, Introduction: money and political economy in the era of Enlightenment
Johann P. Sommerville, Sir Robert Filmer, usury and the ideology of order
Daniel Carey, John Locke’s philosophy of money
Charles Larkin, The Great Recoinage of 1696: Charles Davenant and monetary theory
Justin Champion, ‘Mysterious politicks’: land, credit and Commonwealth political economy, 1656-1722
Patrick Kelly, Berkeley and the idea of a national bank
Ryan Patrick Hanley and Maria Pia Paganelli, Adam Smith on money, mercantilism and the system of natural liberty
Thomas Hopkins, Pierre-Louis Rœderer, Adam Smith and the problem of inequality
Collaborator list: Daniel Carey, National University of Ireland, Galway; Justin Champion, Royal Holloway, University of London; Ryan Patrick Hanley, Marquette University, WI; Thomas Hopkins, independent scholar; Patrick Kelly, Trinity College, Dublin; Charles Larkin, Cardiff University; Maria Pia Paganelli, Trinity University, TX; Johann Sommerville, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI.
Collaborator biographies: Daniel Carey is Professor in the School of Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has researched widely on Locke, the Financial Revolution, and postcolonialism, and he is currently working on the history of philosophy in the Enlightenment.