The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

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WritersPrintShop, 2005 - Social Science - 301 pages
The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism was first published by Basil Blackwell of Oxford in 1987. A paperback edition appeared two years later, while in the following five years it was reprinted four times. However although the intervening years have seen the appearance of Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian and Chinese editions, no copies have been available in English since 1998. This Alcuin Academic edition has therefore been published in order to fill this gap, and more specifically to meet the needs of those academics and students who have contacted me over the past six or seven years in search of an English-language version of the book. Naturally I have considered writing a revised edition (which indeed some critics, as well as a few friends, have suggested is long overdue). -- Amazon.com.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Spirit of Modern Consumerism
15
Accounting for the Consumer Revolution in EighteenthCentury England
17
The Puzzle of Modern Consumerism
36
Traditional and Modern Hedonism
58
Modern Autonomous Imaginative Hedonism
77
The Romantic Ethic
97
The Other Protestant Ethic
99
The Ethic of Feeling
138
The Aristocratic Ethic
161
The Romantic Ethic
173
Conclusion
202
Notes
228
References
282
Index
295
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