© 1993

Economics as Worldly Philosophy

Essays in Political and Historical Economics in Honour of Robert L. Heilbroner

  • Ron Blackwell
  • Jaspal Chatha
  • Edward J. Nell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: History and Vision in Economics

  3. Method and Approach

  4. Technology and Stages of History

  5. Political Economics and Policy

  6. History of Thought: Smith, Ricardo and Marx

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Richard Castellana
      Pages 241-268
    3. Martha Campbell
      Pages 269-302
  7. Contemporary Theory in the Light of the Classics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Thomas Michl
      Pages 322-334
    3. Frank Roosevelt
      Pages 356-373

About this book


These essays written by students of Robert Heilbroner, develop central themes in his work - the importance of historical perspective in economics, the connection with the great questions of philosophy, and the immediacy of politics. They begin by criticizing the rational maximizing foundations of conventional theory, finding no place there for history. The essays first explore methodology, then technology in relation to history, the politics inherent in economics, and finally, turn to the great Classics, interpreted in relation to modern questions.


Adam Smith economics employment Theory of Economic Growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Ron Blackwell
    • 1
  • Jaspal Chatha
    • 2
  • Edward J. Nell
    • 3
  1. 1.Amalgamated Clothing and Textiles UnionUSA
  2. 2.Lehmann CollegeCity University of New YorkUSA
  3. 3.New School for Social ResearchNew YorkUSA

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