Commercial sociability and the management of self-interest in Isaac de Pinto's letter on card-playing

Stapelbroek, Koen (2021) Commercial sociability and the management of self-interest in Isaac de Pinto's letter on card-playing. In: Zabel, Christine, (ed.) Historicizing Self-Interest in the Modern Atlantic World. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 73-94.

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One way of engaging with self-interest and the theme of commercial sociability is through the eighteenth-century fashion of card-playing. Isaac de Pinto, the Amsterdam financier and political writer, defended the practice of credit and state debts that was part of his vision of international peace to take the sting out of “Jealousy of Trade.” He also wrote short texts in which he analyzed commercial sociability. In his essay on luxury, he theorized how individuals valued objects and how value in society could be consolidated or destroyed. Likewise, in his often-overlooked letter on card-playing, addressed to Diderot, he distinguished between the virtues of ancient and modern politics and defended card-playing as a moral interface in which people could learn to direct and guide their self-interest in such a way that they could be successful in the marketplace.

Item ID: 69884
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9781003022749
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Copyright Information: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Christine Zabel; individual chapters, the contributors
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 01:20
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430308 European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman) @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430310 Global and world history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130704 Understanding Europe’s past @ 100%
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