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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I spoke about symbols, metaphors and a sense of dramatic structure in politics' " (
Klima 1994, 64). So also in economics do symbols, metaphors, and a sense of
dramatic structure aid memory and understanding. The celebration of local ...
The lives of economists make as much sense as those of anyone else, but
historians of economics might want to look for that sense less in grand
overarching personal ideologies and more in the perfectly normal fragmented,
Another aspect of the intellectual atmosphere of Chicago economics that is
mentioned frequently in the interviews is the sense that, whatever is unique about
Chicago economics, it separated Chicago from the rest of the discipline, at least ...
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