: 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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The Economics of the Economist-fox. Our emotional reactions to risk are still shaped by that hunter-gatherer heritage.

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

Why are we comfortable with these assumptions? It is the most convincing purveyor of trust in the many claims made by would-be borrowers for the quality of their business propositions. It is not as though there is no evolutionary work on primates and economic or proto-economic relationships. He calls our evolution from family bands to industrial or “the great experiment” and ends up discussing how fragile this experiment is.

Living With the Dragon. While Seabright does appeal to some scientific studies in support of his conclusions, no conceptual commitment or ckmpany seems to unite these appeals. Narrative is we found evil Nazis but reality is we also committed some atrocities including rape.

These relationships can grow in complexity when that food is then given or traded by a female to another female or child. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption.

The Causes of War and the Spread of Peace. This kind of cooperation is absent in other species. You submitted the following rating and review. In the final chapters of the book, Seabright discusses charity and poverty, and such a comparison would have been welcomed at this point. Yet there is little unity in this chapter. The Value of Nothing. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. And it is meant to: For anyone who wants to understand why humans have organized economic activity the way we have, this is a must-read.


Seabright attempts to synthesize a vast interdisciplinary body of research from sources in finance, economics, banking, history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, law and philosophy. Self-Regulation and Human Progress.

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

Be the first to ask a question about The Company of Strangers. Why Violence Has Declined. Even the simple acts of buying food and clothing depend on an astonishing web of interaction that spans the globe.

The evolution of trust between non-related members of the same species is fairly unique to humanity and I found the views presented in this book to be very interesting. The Political Economy of Predation. It can be dense at times but this does not takeaway the overall impact of what the author wants to get across. Time and Environmental Law.

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. A good primer on intermediate economics. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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Universities seabrright Innovation Economies. The Age of Post-Rationality. Well formulated, but if you’ve read similar books there is little new insight. Livermore Nuclear Lab design nuc. Sezbright practical intelligence that has evolved among human beings is seabriyht skilled at manipulating the natural environment and managing the interactions of small groups of individuals who see each other frequently and know each other well.


How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. The revised edition contains a new chapter on the recent financial crisis as well as a foreword by Daniel Dennett, but these add little of value.

How does our evolutionary path shape current institutions and mutual trust? As with any ‘history of Books by Paul Seabright.

The title should be at least 4 characters long. Few connections are made by Seabright between the chapters in Part III about cities, water, prices, firms, representation, and social ills.

He heralds the anonymity money affords us, and the way it lubricates transactions amongst unfamiliar people, as a triumph of the trust of strangers. The New Human Rights Movement. While this critical remark concerns what Seabright does not include in the book, some problems are manifest in what he does say.

Of the many unintended side effects of collective action, why focus on those enumerated above?