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 with Mayer, my recollections of Mises have been colored by the turns
subsequently taken in our relationship. Yet, with some effort, I can try to speak of
him fairly. The Ideologue Mises occupied a curious position in Viennese
Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics E. Roy Weintraub,
Evelyn L. Forget. ists find things in a mess, shrug their shoulders, turn aside to
their visions— which I grant may be very beautiful— and leave things in a mess" (
It turns out that he was of great help to me, though as I show (and he would much
appreciate this), his assistance was often an unintended consequence of his own
purposeful human action. In approaching Hayek as a subject, I took my task to ...
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