The Fable of the Bees: Or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, Volume One
Beginning with a poem and continuing with a number of essays and dialogues, this book is all tied together by the startling and original idea that private vices (self-interest) lead to public benefits (the development and operation of society).
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A man ahead of his time.
By Howard Ferstler
Few realize just how competent Mandeville was when it came to analyzing human motivations.