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 circle regarded his work as contributing to their scientific philosophy and
made publication of Logik der Forschung possible. The book appeared in the
circle's famed series Schriften zur wissenschaftlichen Weltauffassung.
To pose the question this way is, of course, to fly in the face of currently accepted
professional ethics, according to which purely scientific considerations and not
political considerations are presumed to motivate scientific work; but I can claim ...
Furthermore, we were able to display the decisive role patronage played in his
scientific career, particularly in his first steps as a medical writer. We believe that
our interpretation of Quesnay's life as a scientist brings out a few important things
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