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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A few autobiographical texts by contemporary academics have begun to attract
critical attention and to show up on class reading lists, but a suspicion of
collective narcissism or even incest hangs over such initiatives. For academic
scholars to ...
The mid-1960s is often identified as the tipping point for the formation of a critical-
radical consciousness among the young economics faculty. For another instance,
"From 1966 on it became increasingly difficult to persuade oneself that public ...
... and Celebrating Irving Fisher (with J. Geanakoplos; 2005), and edited The
Origins of International Economics (2004) and Irving Fisher: Critical Responses (
2007). Paul John Eakin has published extensively on autobiography and life
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