As the economic system under which you live, capitalism shapes the marketplaces that determine where you live and work, how much you are paid, what you can buy, what you can accumulate toward your retirement, and every other aspect of a society based on monetary exchanges for goods and services. But capitalism's impact is about much more than money and markets. Indeed, capitalism is every bit as much a social force as an economic one. As such, its impact on noneconomic life has drawn the attention of thinkers outside of economics, as well as those inside the discipline, including some of its greatest minds.
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Course Lecture Titles
1. Why Think about Capitalism? 2. The Greek and Christian Traditions 3. Hobbes's Challenge to the Traditions 4. Dutch Commerce and National Power 5. Capitalism and Toleration—Voltaire 6. Abundance or Equality—Voltaire vs. Rousseau 7. Seeing the Invisible Hand—Adam Smith 8. Smith on Merchants, Politicians, Workers 9. Smith on the Problems of Commercial Society 10. Smith on Moral and Immoral Capitalism 11. Conservatism and Advanced Capitalism—Burke 12. Conservatism and Periphery Capitalism—Möser 13. Hegel on Capitalism and Individuality 14. Hamilton, List, and the Case for Protection 15. De Tocqueville on Capitalism in America 16. Marx and Engels—The Communist Manifesto 17. Marx's Capital and the Degradation of Work 18. Matthew Arnold on Capitalism and Culture 19. Individual and Community—Tönnies vs. Simmel 20. The German Debate over Rationalization 21. Cultural Sources of Capitalism—Max Weber 22. Schumpeter on Innovation and Resentment 23. Lenin's Critique—Imperialism and War 24. Fascists on Capitalism—Freyer and Schmitt 25. Mises and Hayek on Irrational Socialism 26. Schumpeter on Capitalism's Self-Destruction 27. The Rise of Welfare-State Capitalism 28. Pluralism as Limit to Social Justice—Hayek 29. Herbert Marcuse and the New Left Critique 30. Contradictions of Postindustrial Society 31. The Family under Capitalism 32. Tensions with Democracy—Buchanan and Olson 33. End of Communism, New Era of Globalization 34. Capitalism and Nationalism—Ernest Gellner 35. The Varieties of Capitalism 36. Intrinsic Tensions in Capitalism