Deirdre McCloskey and The New Theory of Moral Sentiments
Dalibor Rohac has a great profile on Deirdre McCloskey in the WSJ.
I invoked McCloskey on a similar point yesterday in a post at Bleeding Heart Libertarians, where I will be guest blogging throughout the spring term. One of the topics I was thinking I might address, and now definitely will address, is all the recent work on human sociability. If you go back over my syllabi and supplemental reading list for my advanced topics course that I posted the other day, you will see that we have a week where we are talking about Larry Samuelson's review essay on this topic from the JEL. But in addition to the work he discusses, there are new books -- one by David Rose, The Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior and the other by Paul Zak, The Moral Molecule that I'd like to discuss in relation to Smith-McCloskey, as well as Mises's discussion of social cooperation.