The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers
ISBN: 0671255967
EAN13: 9780671255961
Language: English
Pages: 347
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 8.1" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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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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