"The Worldly Philosophers" is a bestselling classic that 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.
""The Worldly Philosophers, " quite simply put, is a classic....None of us can know where we are coming from unless we know the sources of the great ideas that permeate our thinking. "The Worldly Philosophers" gives us a clear understanding of the economic ideas that influence us whether or not we have read the great economic thinkers."
|The Economic Revolution||p. 18|
|The Wonderful World of Adam Smith||p. 42|
|The Gloomy Presentiments of Parson Malthus and David Ricardo||p. 75|
|The Dreams of the Utopian Socialists||p. 105|
|The Inexorable System of Karl Marx||p. 136|
|The Victorian World and the Underworld of Economics||p. 170|
|The Savage Society of Thorstein Veblen||p. 213|
|The Heresies of John Maynard Keynes||p. 248|
|The Contradictions of Joseph Schumpeter||p. 288|
|The End of the Worldly Philosophy?||p. 311|
|A Guide to Further Reading||p. 323|
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Number Of Pages: 365
Published: August 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.345