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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For academic scholars to spend their working time producing diligently footnoted
discussions of each other's life stories would simply confirm accusations that
professors are too absorbed in their own petty concerns. Some critics have ...
... a private foundation, shows how academia generates mechanisms to produce
published life stories that reinforce its values. Whether these mechanisms also
work to ensure that anyone reads such conventional memoirs is another question
These elements could be combined in multiple ways to produce both negative
and positive images, not all of them reducible to the ideal of economists as
academic scientists producing abstract formal knowledge. There are several
ways this ...
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Is Autobiography Antiacademic and Uneconomical?
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