Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics
This collection of essays, a supplement to History of Political Economy, brings together prominent scholars from economics, sociology, literature, and history to examine the role of biography and autobiography in the history of economics. The first of its kind, this volume looks at the relevance of first-person accounts to narrative histories of economics. The essays consider both the potential and the limits of life writing, which has traditionally been used sparingly by historians of economics, and examine types of biographies, the relationship between autobiography and identity, and the writing of biography.
Contributors to this collection question whether biography is essential to understanding the history of economic ideas and consider how autobiographical materials should be read and interpreted by historians. Articles consider the treatment of autobiographical materials such as conversations and testimonies, the construction of heroes and villains, the relationship between scientific biography and literary biography, and concerns related to living subjects. Several essays address the role of biography and autobiography in the study of economists such as F. A. Hayek, Harry Johnson, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Oskar Morgenstern, and François Quesnay, concluding with several accounts of the interconnection of the historians' projects with their own autobiographies.
All 2007 subscribers to History of Political Economy will receive a copy of "Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics" as part of their subscription.
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their research, without making much effort to explain their specific contributions to
the field, the economists were concerned to define their unique contributions to
the discipline and to argue against opponents. This has continued to be true in ...
Traditionally, the claims made at these gatherings for the uniqueness, validity,
and significance of the local hero's contribution are slightly overstated, for as Dr.
Johnson noted, one is not speaking upon oath in a eulogy. Nonetheless, good ...
... so is the more general fact that scholars and scientists interact, building on and
responding to each other's contributions. ... to a concept, it will be the name of the
person who held the pen or made the largest (or most noticeable) contribution.
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