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Mandeville, Bernard (1670–1733)

  • N. Rosenberg
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Mandeville was born in or near Rotterdam in 1670 and died in Hackney, London, in 1733. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Leyden in 1961. He took up the practice of medicine, specializing in the ‘Hypochondriack and Hysterick Diseases’, a subject on which he later published a treatise. Mandeville travelled to England, married there in 1699, and lived in England for the rest of his life. He was very widely read in the 18th century. His writings have often led to his being referred to as a satirist, but that is an inadequate and misleading classification.


Division of labour Laissez-faire Mandeville, B. Self-interest Smith, A 

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