The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 11, 2011 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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The bestselling classic that examines the history of economic thought from Adam Smith to Karl Marx—“all the economic lore most general readers conceivably could want to know, served up with a flourish” (The New York Times).

The Worldly Philosophers not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas—namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.

In a bold new concluding chapter entitled “The End of the Worldly Philosophy?” Heilbroner reminds us that the word “end” refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today’s increasingly “scientific” economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.
  

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Great intro to famous economists. - Goodreads
It is a good overview of the great economists. - Goodreads
In addition his writing style is fun. - Goodreads
A great introduction to the great economic thinkers. - Goodreads
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Good overview. Pretty interesting. Well explained. Included some really interesting info on the development of economics as a field of study and why it didn't exist prior to 300 years ago. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
13
The Economic Revolution
18
The Wonderful World of Adam Smith
42
The Gloomy Presentiments of Parson Malthus and David Ricardo
75
The Dreams of the Utopian Socialists
105
The Inexorable System of Karl Marx
136
The Victorian World and the Underworld of Economics
170
The Savage Society of Thorstein Veblen
213
The Heresies of John Maynard Keynes
248
The Contradictions of Joseph Schumpeter
288
The End of the Worldly Philosophy?
311
A Guide to Further Reading
323
Notes
331
Index
345
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Robert L. Heilbroner was Norman Thomas Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research and author of The Worldly Philosophers and many other books.

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