Science, politics, and the economy

The unintended consequences of a diabolic paradox (editorial)


  • Laurens van Apeldoorn Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Harro Maas University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Johan Olsthoorn KU Leuven, Belgium



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.




How to Cite

van Apeldoorn, L., Maas, H., & Olsthoorn, J. (2016). Science, politics, and the economy: The unintended consequences of a diabolic paradox (editorial). Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 9(1), iii-viii.