The Worldly Philosophers

The Worldly Philosophers

The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1999
Edition: Rev. 7th ed
ISBN: 9780684862149
068486214X
Characteristics: 365 p. ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

Curious about the theoretical insights of history's great economic minds? How about their financial troubles, sexual orientations, and eccentric views regarding extraterrestrial life? Perhaps one of the most engagingly written works of academic non-fiction, this highly readable classic covers the economic theories of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Joseph Schumpeter, and others -- without skimping on the quirky biographical details and larger historical context. No stock tips, though, I'm afraid.

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