Exciting the Industry of Mankind George Berkeley’s Philosophy of Money

  • Constantine George Caffentzis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Constantine George Caffentzis
    Pages 1-14
  3. Constantine George Caffentzis
    Pages 15-104
  4. Constantine George Caffentzis
    Pages 156-240
  5. Constantine George Caffentzis
    Pages 241-336
  6. Constantine George Caffentzis
    Pages 337-404
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 421-454

About this book


Exciting the Industry of Mankind is the first comprehensive book about George Berkeley's revolutionary views on money and banking. Berkeley broke the conceptual link between money and metallic substance in The Querist, a work published between 1735 and 1737 in Dublin, consisting entirely of questions. Exciting the Industry of Mankind explains what economic and social forces caused Berkeley to write The Querist in response to a major economic crisis in Ireland.
Exciting the Industry of Mankind falsifies the view that Berkeley has nothing to tell us about our present and future social and economic life. For the `idealism' Berkeley found in the money form is now becoming a fact of global economic life, when `xenomoney' and `virtual money' exchanges begin to dwarf commodity transactions, and the future becomes the dominant temporal dimension of economic activity.
Philosophers, historians, cultural theorists, economists and lovers of Irish history will be interested in this volume.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Constantine George Caffentzis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern MaineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5453-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9522-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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