Science, politics, and the economy
The unintended consequences of a diabolic paradox (editorial)
Keywords:Mandeville, Fable of the Bees, politics, economy, Laurens van Apeldoorn, Harro Maas, Johan Olsthoorn
The year 2014 marked the 300th anniversary of the publication of Bernard Mandeville’s Fable of the bees, or private vices, publick benefits. To celebrate this occasion, as well as its own centennial, the Erasmus University Rotterdam organized an international conference on the work of Mandeville, its historical and intellectual context, and its present relevance, on June 6, 2014. This special issue on Mandeville presents a selection of the twenty-two papers presented at the conference.