: 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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Far from a simple individual perspective, the author starts with genetics and proceeds to lf macro-level, peeling the o This book elucidates the reasons for why society operates the way it does. Sections 1 and 2 are far better than 3 and strangsrs. Return to Book Page. Unfortunately, while he offered scattered insights, Seabright’s account never really coalesced for me. This economy, then, is as fragile as the trust we carry in strangers, as supported by these norms and institutions.

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Consider a few examples. It is only in the last ten thousand years – far too recently for genetic evolution to have been affected – that human beings have had to come to terms on a significant scale with the impact of strangers, and it is only stranfers the last two hundred or so that this impact has become the dominant fact of everyday life. Skip to main content.

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Jun 06, Erik rated it really liked it. Our emotional reactions to risk are still shaped by that hunter-gatherer heritage. Where I think he has it correct is his misgivings around our ability to collectively navigate degradation of the natural enviroment.

Starts strong and peters out. To his credit, he is even more acutely aware of the anomie produced when there is insufficient disorientation, a point eerily illustrated with an example about the manufacture in Germany of electroshock equipment whose sole use is torture.


Although, it neglected many eras of the mankind history, such as the era of the Islamic domination from the 6th till the 12th centuries. While his writing style is generally engaging, it can take on an academic feel. Far from a simple individual perspective, the author starts with genetics and proceeds to a macro-level, peeling the onion back and revealing why our society can operate, somewhat efficiently.

Benjamin Terry rated it really liked it Jul 23, Trivia About The Company of St You’ve successfully reported this review. Overall, it is a good read, but it promises somewhat more than it delivers.

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

Might there be some evolutionary connection to be investigated between this, or this type of, behavior in chimps and humans? As with any ‘history of Please review your cart. The Better Angels of Our Nature: See The Hunting Apes: To ask other readers questions about The Company of Strangersplease sign up.

For anyone who wants to understand why humans have organized economic activity the way we have, this is a must-read. Economics as a Social Science. 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.

Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis. We treat those who suffer the hazards of life either as casualties of a blind chance that we may fear but cannot logically resent, or as victims – chosen sufferers of deliberate aggression to which the only emotional response is resentment and the only justifiable response, revenge.

Unfortunately, the book does not provide its readers with a perspicacious argument over its three hundred pages or with a unified vision or theory.


So we’ve developed some social norms and some institutions to help trust along and BOOM, we’ve developed this massive, sophisticated, and technological economy in only the most recent fraction of our species’ existence.

Seabright attempts to synthesize a vast interdisciplinary body of research from sources in finance, economics, banking, history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, law and philosophy. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

Compamy individual chapters are typically pleasing to read for several reasons: This is genuinely intriguing, but the searight is disjointed. He heralds the anonymity money affords us, and the way it lubricates transactions amongst unfamiliar people, as a triumph of the trust of strangers. Enter the email address strangsrs signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

This breadth makes the book interesting and enjoyable. Recommended by Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist. We Can Do Better. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks!

I use compxny remaining space to discuss this and a few other critical observations. Smith publishes pages and pages of data regarding the price variations of a quarter of wheat at Windsor Market. While this critical remark concerns what Seabright does not include in the book, some problems are manifest in what he does say. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

The book contains four parts.

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