A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market

A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market

A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market

A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market

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In Dante's time, scholars were, at least in one respect, better off than they are today. They all wrote their books in the same language, namely Latin, and thus did not have to worry about translations. Otherwise, one might surmise that Dante would have reserved to scholars an especially gruesome spot in his Inferno: to punish them for their vanity--a failing reputedly not altogether alien to them-- they would be made to read translations of their own works into languages with which they were familiar. That this is, as a rule, indeed torture is well known to anyone who has had the experience.

This is the image by which I seek to give adequate expression to the gratitude I owe Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson for the skill and devotion she has brought to the translation of this book, together with her fine feeling for the two languages here to be transposed. What usually is torture for me, she has made a pleasure, and she has lifted me from Inferno to Paradiso. To be quite honest, it was not an unmitigated pleasure, for she has humbled me by discovering an undue number of errors in the German original. The reader of the English version is the gainer. Indeed, its only essential difference from the German original is the absence of these errors.

I am afraid, however, that even the qualities of this English rendering, while perhaps disposing my critics in the Anglo-Saxon world towards a little more indulgence, will not disarm them. As in the German-speaking world, I expect that my book will meet with four major types of response.

One group of critics will reject the book en bloc because it is in . . .

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