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Luxury and Capitalism Hardcover – 1967

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; 1st Ed. edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BQBVU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,109,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AaAa on August 15, 2013
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Marx, Nietzsche, the Frankfurt School, Spengler, Jünger, Heidegger, and Schmitt all enjoy more cult popularity today--whether on the Left, the Right or both--than Werner Sombart does. I'm not sure why this is, or whether it has anything to do with the fact that Sombart was a more scientific thinker than any of those German giants. There is only one reason I can think of. Because he was an economist, Sombart is unattractive or uninteresting to the tradition of Right-wing thought which regards economics in general as unmanly, anti-traditional, and decadent, or else more Jewish than European. Yet he is incomprehensible or evil to economists because he was, in a way, the most brilliant representative of that very tradition. Whatever the reason for his undeserved lack of popularity, Sombart is refreshingly free of either the German vice of disregard for the scientific method, or the Anglo-Saxon vice of being obsessed with the scientific method to the point of beating it to death.
This is demonstrated here in LUXURY AND CAPITALISM, his second best translated work after THE JEWS AND MODERN CAPITALISM. That penetrating, neither-anti-Semitic-nor-philo-Semitic classic ties up some of the loose ends in this book, which in turn is an excellent supplement to that one. (One is warned that the Kindle edition of THE JEWS AND MODERN CAPITALISM, among other problems, abruptly ends halfway into the last chapter, but it is such a good book that it is worth the price of the paperback.)
Sombart proves, with an impressive mountain of evidence, that luxury, as he concretely defines it, was an instrumental factor in the development of modern capitalism in Western Civilization.
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