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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Perhaps by examining the lives and contributions of scholars beyond the few
who merit long biographies, we can hope to understand something about the
evolution of bodies of discourse. Robert Dimand considers the implications of ...
Challenging the paradigm of objective scientific understanding that had emerged
from the Scientific Revolution, Vico asserted that human beings can fully
understand only what they themselves have experienced and created. He thus
Specifically, I ask two complementary questions: do people understand
themselves and their lives in economic terms, and do economic circumstances
shape the terms in which people understand themselves and their lives? In effect,
I want to ...
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