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 book formed at three intervals, in between cultures, with moving targets of
criticism and few historical markers represented a nightmare for the historian
seeking to identify its "original" aims. My intellectual biography of the young
Popper was ...
The "rationality of scientific revolution" dominates the narrative. Only the theories
that withstood the test of time and criticism— above all, Popper's own criticism—
made it into the Autobiography. He projects a coherence of philosophy and life ...
I discovered that there are scholars, like the deconstructionist literary critic and,
as we now know, Nazi collaborator Paul de Man ... Paul John Eakin, one of the
most acute critics of the genre, sees the autobiographical impulse as a "third and
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