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Colin Kidd: Mandeville's Useful Vices, 18 July 2024

Mandeville’s Fable: Pride, Hypocrisy and Sociability 
by Robin Douglass.
Princeton, 249 pp., £30, May 2023, 978 0 691 21917 2
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... equally motivated by pride; the only difference lies in the subtlety of execution. According to Robin Douglass, Mandeville understood that ‘secretly concealing the outward display of our pride from others’ is pride’s ‘most sophisticated manifestation’. He knew that people felt the ‘pleasure of being esteemed by a vast majority, not as what ...

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