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Bernard Mandeville was a philosopher and political economist, still known today for his theory of "private vices, public virtues. Mandeville's stately periods are too long to quote here, but they are as vivid and evocative as any Hogarth painting. As a philosopher, he has much to say about the condemned criminal's 'courage,' which he determines to be no more than insensibility: " Are not they fine Judges, who are imposed upon by such pusillanimous Wretches, that are so far from having conquer'd the Fear of Death, that they go out of the World without having ever dared one Moment soberly to think of it; and of whom it can only be said, that they died hard and unmov'd, because they were senseless, and with the Courage of a Stone suffer'd themselves, without Thought, to drop into Eternity?
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For instance, he suggests redeeming English captives with the condemned, slavery instead of execution. Still, this is an instructive glimpse at the seamy side of the Augustan age. Go to Amazon.
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Bernard Mandeville, or Bernard de Mandeville 15 November — 21 January , was an Anglo-Dutch philosopher, political economist and satirist. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he lived most of his life in England and used English for most of his published works.
He became famous for The Fable of the Bees.
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Mandeville was born on 15 November , at Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where his father was a prominent physician. On leaving the Erasmus school at Rotterdam he showed his ability by an Oratio scholastica de medicina , and at Leiden University in he produced the thesis De brutorum operationibus, in which he advocated the Cartesian theory of automatism among animals. In he took his medical degree, pronouncing an inaugural disputation, De chylosi vitiata.
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