Natural Origins of Economics
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Description: References to the economy are ubiquitous in modern life, and virtually every facet of human activity has capitulated to market mechanisms. In the early modern period, however, there was no common perception of the economy, and discourses on money, trade, and commerce treated economic phenomena as properties of physical nature. Only in the early nineteenth century did economists begin to posit and identify the economy as a distinct object, divorcing it from natural processes and attaching it exclusively to human laws and agency. InThe Natural Origins of Economics, Margaret Schabas traces the emergence and transformation of economics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from a natural to a social science. Focusing on the works of several prominent economists—David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, and John Stuart Mill—Schabas examines their conceptual debt to natural science and thus locates the evolution of economic ideas within the history of science. An ambitious study,The Natural Origins of Economicswill be of interest to economists, historians, and philosophers alike.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Before "the Economy"|
|Related Themes in the Natural Sciences|
|French Economics in the Enlightenment|
|Smith's Debts to Nature|
|Classical Political Economy in Its Heyday|
|Mill and the Early Neoclassical Economists|
|Denaturalizing the Economic Order|