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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The volume's second section addresses how economists use biographies in their
intellectual projects. Roger Backhouse examines one of the more prolific genres
of life writing in economics— collections of short biographies that, at their best, ...
Mark Blaug's two volumes. Great Economists before Keynes (1989) and Great
Economists since Keynes (1985), arguably take interpretation a stage further,
even though each economist receives no more than three, and in some cases
them you're an economist?" they responded that most people had an
undeveloped or inaccurate picture of what economists do. Around one- quarter of
the subjects in fact reported people having little or no image or experience of
economists: I ...
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