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: The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life – Revised Edition (): Paul Seabright: Books. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize, The British The Company of Strangers 2nd Revised ed. Edition, Kindle Edition. The Company of Strangers has ratings and 22 reviews. In this book, Paul Seabright (a professor of economics) discusses a wide range of topics including .

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In the final chapters of the book, Seabright discusses charity and poverty, and such a comparison would have been welcomed at this point. Click here to sign up. In the latter, it is argued that the modern firm grew out of the traditional family. What institutions have made this possible? Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, history, psychology, and literature, Seabright explores how our evolved ability of abstract reasoning has allowed institutions like money, markets, and cities to provide the foundation of social trust.

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life by Paul Seabright

See The Hunting Apes: Furthermore, some discussions within these chapters appeared to me to be out of place, e. Why Violence Has Declined. Item s unavailable for purchase. Unfortunately, the book does not provide its readers with a perspicacious argument over its three hundred pages or with a unified vision or theory. Politically liberal men at Law. Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy.

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Trivia About The Company of St Only 10, years ago–a blink of an eye in evolutionary time–humans hunted in bands, were intensely suspicious of strangers, and fought those whom they could not flee. Mar 26, James rated it liked it. Mar 06, Wilte rated it liked it Shelves: This is genuinely intriguing, but deabright discussion is disjointed.


Seabright is however a somewhat less engaging writer than Pinker and Ridley, and his analyses are not as deep and thorough as theirs. Could have been shorter but gets an impressive and necessary point across, nevertheless.

The truth is that those who are hurt by economic change in today’s world fall into a different category, one needing both an emotional and a practical response for which our history has poorly prepared us.

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

Skip to main content. Sections 1 and 2 are far better than 3 and 4. The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism. These economies require massive amounts of trust, and as a species we are just not evolved to trust people stranfers whom we aren’t related. Schools in the 21st century need above all to teach children the one vital skill for the survival of humanity, namely, how to live peacefully and profitably with people whose community and religion are not one’s own Log In Sign Up.

WIth the weight of feeling you need to read strangwrs word lifted, you’ll be surprised how often you stay to read everything anyway.

Every time we travel by seabritht or air we entrust our lives to individuals we do not know.

Ideally suited for a book such as this is discussion of the research about trade and prostitution in non-human primate cultures. The reason this assertion should shock, upon reflection, stems from the fact that evolutionary pressures upon homo sapiens and its ancestors have produced mistrust of all who are genetically unrelated. April 12, Imprint: While his writing style is generally engaging, it can take on an academic feel.


This kind of cooperation is absent in other species. Our evolutionary strangets has caused us to specialize—to perform unique tasks better than others. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

There is nothing essential about our focus upon our own work that implies we do not know or care much about how our work contributes to the world economy.

Livermore Nuclear Lab design nuc. Archeological strangera of settlements of early homo sapiens, like the Gravettians, reveal ivory, sgrangers, seashells and crafted tools that were the products of many different regions, but similar work at sites of Neanderthal settlements provides little to no evidence of trade. Unfortunately, while he offered scattered insights, Seabright’s account never really coalesced for me.

Part IV, containing the final two chapters, describes the benefits and costs of collective action to society.

A much better book on a similar theme is Darwinian Politics: Yet since the dawn of agriculture lf have refined the division of labor to the point where, today, we live and work amid strangers and depend upon millions more.

But evolutionary theory is not dispatched by Seabright to explain features of our present economic life. The Value of Nothing. Labor and Monopoly Capital.

Another title recommended by Dan Dennett in personal communication.