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The Triumph of Venus

The Erotics of the Market

The Triumph of Venus by Jeanne Lorraine Schroeder
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The theory of law and economics that dominates American jurisprudence today views the market as rational and individuals as driven by the desire to increase their wealth. It is a view riddled with misconceptions, as Jeanne Lorraine Schroeder demonstrates in this challenging work, which looks at contemporary debates in legal theory through the lens of psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. Through metaphors drawn from classical mythology and interpreted via Lacanian psychoanalysis and Hegelian philosophy, Schroeder exposes the hidden and repressed erotics of the market. Her work shows how the predominant economic analysis of markets and the standard romantic critique of markets are in fact mirror images, reflecting the misconception that reason and passion are inalterably opposed.
University of California Press; February 2004
328 pages; ISBN 9780520928855
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Title: The Triumph of Venus
Author: Jeanne Lorraine Schroeder