Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?

A Story About Women and Economics

Book - 2016
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"When philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that our actions are motivated by self-interest, he used the example of the baker and the butcher to lay the foundations for his "Economic man." He argued that they gave bread and meat for profit, not out of the goodness of their hearts. It's an ironic point of view coming from a bachelor who lived with his mother for most of his life-- a woman who cooked his dinner every night. Nevertheless, Smith's economic man has dominated our understanding of modern-day capitalism, Such a viewpoint disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning, and cooking. Essentially, the father of modern economics has based our whole concept of capitalism on a system that ignores half of its participants. ...Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? charts the myth of the economic man, from its origins at Adam Smith's dinner table to its adaptation by the Chicago School to its disastrous role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, [2016]
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681771427
Branch Call Number: Business & Career 330.122 Mar
Additional Contributors: Vogel, Saskia - Translator


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May 25, 2017

Economics as it could have been written had women been men, heh heh. Absolutely fascinating, brilliant, educational, and enjoyable. And full of fun as well.

Oct 25, 2016

The first few pages show her dry wit and ironic sense of humour, so far a good read. But by page 160 her writing has degenerated into a simple and tediously prolonged rant. And by page 187 she uses the word should nine times to introduce about 8 paragraphs. IF this is feminism then a string of ad hominem arguments against the straw man, economic man, is not going to get the people to pull together to change what must be changed, and which she fails to detail.


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