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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As early as the 1920 edition of The Economic Theory of Bank Credit, we find the
claim that the extension of state demand could trigger these effects through
expanding credit (Hahn 1920, 151). Hahn's book was intensively discussed in ...
This philosophy can be gleaned from Keynes's early essays. Moore, an
influential teacher at Cambridge University, in his well-known chapter "The Ideal,"
espoused a philosophy toward life and art that sustained Keynes throughout his
life: the ...
Keynes believed from early in his career that England's economic and cultural
lives were linked. He would predict that "the day is not far off when the Economics
Problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the head and ...
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