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The Idea of Luxury : A Conceptual and Historical Investigation - Christopher J. Berry

The Idea of Luxury

A Conceptual and Historical Investigation

Paperback Published: 15th August 1994
ISBN: 9780521466912
Number Of Pages: 292

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In this far-ranging and innovative study Christopher Berry explores the meanings and ramifications of the idea of luxury. Insights from political theory, philosophy and intellectual history are utilized in a sophisticated conceptual analysis that is complemented by a series of specific historical investigations. Dr. Berry suggests that the value attached to luxury is a crucial component in any society's self-understanding, and shows how luxury has changed from being essentially a negative term, threatening social virtue, to a guileless ploy supporting consumption.

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Berry's monograph, written throughout with great clarity, provides keys to an understanding of the origins of these contemporary issues. His research will prove useful to historians of ideas and also to specialists in ethics, legal philosophy, economics and politics. The Oyster Club, The Scottish Journal of Philosophy

Preliminary Essay
Luxury goods
The Classical Paradigm
The platonic prelude
The Roman response
The Christian contribution
The Transition to Modernity
The de-moralisation of luxury
The eighteenth-century debate
The historicity of needs
Politics, Needs and Desires
Luxury and the politics of needs and desires
Luxury, necessity and social identity
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ISBN: 9780521466912
ISBN-10: 0521466911
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 15th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.44  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.45