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Mandeville: Vice, Virtue and Liberty

This is a Reading List based upon a Liberty Fund Conference on “Bernard Mandeville: Vice, Virtue, and Liberty.”

Bernard Mandeville: Vice, Virtue, and Liberty

Guide to the Readings

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Session I: Private Vices, Public Benefits.

Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees, vol. 1

Session II: Self-deceit and its Remedy.

The Fable of the Bees, vol. 1

Session III: Hypocrisy and Self-liking.

The Fable of the Bees, vol. 2

Session IV: The Economy and Liberty.

The Female Tatler, Numbers 62, 64, 66, pages 96–112 - not available online

The Fable of the Bees, vol. 1

Session V: The Economy and Liberty – A Satire.

  • A Modest Defence of Public Stews, pages 1–50 - not available online

Session VI: Liberty and Virtue.

  • Free Thoughts on Religion, the Church and National Happiness, pages 330—364 - not available online
  • A Treatise on the Hypochondriack and Hysterick Passions, pages 34–44 and 172–178 - not available online

Last modified April 13, 2016