The eighteenth-century historiographic tradition and contemporary 'Everyday IPE'
Watson, Matthew. (2013) The eighteenth-century historiographic tradition and contemporary 'Everyday IPE'. Review of International Studies, volume 39 (number 1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0260-2015
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210511000799
This paper focuses on Adam Smith’s largely sympathetic response to the Rousseauian critique of the moral degeneracy of modern ‘economic man’. It thus emphasises his philosophical ambivalence towards commercial society over the textbook IPE presentations which ascribe to him an almost wholly unreflexive market advocacy. In doing so it provides important methodological lessons for the study of Everyday IPE today. Arnaldo Momigliano has identified a decisive break in historical method in the eighteenth century, of which Smith and Rousseau were key exponents. However unwittingly, contemporary Everyday IPE scholars are the spiritual heirs of the eighteenth-century move from writing public histories of the state to writing private histories of unnamed individuals who embody the most recent phase of human sociability. The eighteenth-century economic man was conceptualised in relation to evolving forms of economic organisation, where the economy in turn was thought to reflect the prevailing system of ‘manners’. Smith united with Rousseau in the belief that their society’s bourgeois politeness allowed materialist ideologies to corrupt the moral autonomy of the individual. The historical method underpinning such concerns also allows Everyday IPE scholars to ground similarly-styled attempts to understand threats to moral autonomy arising from the struggle over economic surplus today.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Smith, Adam, 1723-1790 -- Criticism and interpretation, Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 -- Criticism and interpretation, Economic man, Economics -- Historiography, France -- Economic policy -- 18th century, France -- Economic conditions -- 18th century, Great Britain -- Economic policy -- 18th century, Great Britain -- Economic conditions -- 18th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Review of International Studies|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Official Date:||21 January 2013|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-23|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
* I am extremely grateful to the anonymous referees who provided me with such informative, insightful and helpful comments on my original submission, as well as to the journal’s editors in making it crystal clear how they would like me to respond.
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