Mandeville Essay

Written by randy on August 29th, 2008 explains Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees as “an account of human society as a purely conventional construction, governed by economic and moral principles serving only to secure the rational self-interest of its individual citizens. The only motive for altruistic conduct, Mandeville supposed, is the condescending self-satisfaction an agent feels when proudly acting for the benefit of others.”

How do you describe Mandeville’s account of human society and do you agree with that account?


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