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Economic History Back cover copy "No one, economist or civilian, could turn the pages of this book without spotting, time and again, some unexpected and arresting idea that really wants to be thought about. Paul Seabright takes the evolutionary point of view seriously and asks how human institutions make social life possible at all, especially when the many people on whom we depend for our subsistence are strangers. From biology to banking, it is a lively landscape. It addresses some of the most central problems of social science with compelling arguments, lightly worn rigor and erudition, and utterly jargon-free language.

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Economic History Back cover copy "No one, economist or civilian, could turn the pages of this book without spotting, time and again, some unexpected and arresting idea that really wants to be thought about. Paul Seabright takes the evolutionary point of view seriously and asks how human institutions make social life possible at all, especially when the many people on whom we depend for our subsistence are strangers.

From biology to banking, it is a lively landscape. It addresses some of the most central problems of social science with compelling arguments, lightly worn rigor and erudition, and utterly jargon-free language.

Seabright has an amazing eye for the telling detail, whether drawn from fiction, biology, social science or current news. I can think of no better introduction to the problem of social order-how is it possible? Yet since Adam Smith pointed this out in , the question of how such relations between strangers are possible has continued to puzzle us.

Now Paul Seabright deepens, adjusts, and extends the idea in the light of what we now know from psychology, genetics, and economics about human motives.

Drawing on an extraordinary breadth of study, he explains how, unique among species, we found ourselves with a nature that equipped us to build this division of labor and so come to treat strangers as honorary friends. If you really want to understand who we are today, and how we make a living, read The Company of Strangers to learn how, some , , even , years ago, we grew and evolved--in rather amazing ways. What Caused the Financial Crisis?

Because, explains Mr. Seabright, it is so much at odds with what would have seemed, as recently as 10, years ago, our evolutionary destiny. It starts in the mists of prehistory but ends emphatically in the here and now.

The Company of Strangers exemplifies a new breed of economic analysis, seeking answers to fundamental questions wherever they are found and ignoring disciplinary boundaries He obviously feels as much at home among classical economists as among evolutionary biologists, quotes modern literature and ancient history with equal aplomb, jumps from experimental psychology to political philosophy and draws liberally on his personal memories of places from Ukraine to India Seabright tells the story of how human beings, despite their genetic predisposition toward violent and even murderous behavior, have managed to produce a complex civilization through market-based institutions.

This is a book every concerned citizen should read, along with anybody in business who ever has to tangle with government regulations or the law, and who wants to understand why those relationships are so complex.

In The Company of Strangers, Seabright has produced one of those books that lie low, speak quietly, but work a change on the reader. Settling down to tend fields promoted societies based on trust. Today, he says, all our economic institutions rely on trust Drawing on history, biology, literature, anthropology and economics, his argument is subtle and compelling. In a nutshell, it means learning how to live in The Company of Strangers.

In [this] illuminating book Paul Seabright, himself an economist, brings together insights from history, biology and sociology to explain the concept of modern civilization.

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The Company of Strangers : A Natural History of Economic Life

Economic History Back cover copy "No one, economist or civilian, could turn the pages of this book without spotting, time and again, some unexpected and arresting idea that really wants to be thought about. Paul Seabright takes the evolutionary point of view seriously and asks how human institutions make social life possible at all, especially when the many people on whom we depend for our subsistence are strangers. From biology to banking, it is a lively landscape. It addresses some of the most central problems of social science with compelling arguments, lightly worn rigor and erudition, and utterly jargon-free language. Seabright has an amazing eye for the telling detail, whether drawn from fiction, biology, social science or current news.

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The Company of Strangers

Second Edition, Princeton University Press, The Company of Strangers shows us the remarkable strangeness, and fragility, of our everyday lives. This completely revised and updated edition includes a new chapter analyzing how the rise and fall of social trust explain the unsustainable boom in the global economy over the past decade and the financial crisis that succeeded it. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, history, psychology, and literature, Paul Seabright explores how our evolved ability of abstract reasoning has allowed institutions like money, markets, cities, and the banking system to provide the foundations of social trust that we need in our everyday lives.

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Doushakar But it has added to the risks with which our hunter-gatherer ancestors were more familiar, the risk of the natural world and its predators and the risk posed by human enemies, neither of which has disappeared. A Natural History of Economic Life. To manage the hazards imposed on us by the actions of distant strangers has required us to deploy a different skill bequeathed seabrright us by evolution for quite different purposes: Seabright in The Company of Strangers has not cultivated the attention to vompany about the natural history of economic life needed to unify the book or to convince his reader of a thesis. Labor and Monopoly Capital. Think Like a Commoner.

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