Rationalism and anti-rationalism in the origins of economics : the philosophical roots of 18th century economic thought

William Oliver Coleman

This study of the philosophical roots of economics examines the impact on the 18th century economic thought of the rivalry between two opposing philosophical outlooks - rationalism and anti-rationalism. It argues that the economic thought of this period was a synthesis of these two outlooks. The book deals with an intellectual conflict which remains relevant today. Neoclassical economics is frequently critisized on account of those of its assumptions which are rationalist in character, in particular its assumptions of optimization, rationality and equilibrium. This book digs into the intellectual archaeology of the continuing controversy over neoclassical economics, and offers some new perspectives.

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[目次]

  • The philosophical headwaters - Locke and Leibniz
  • the divergent streams - Dubos, Bernoulli and Maupertuis
  • the empirical optimists - Hutcheson and Mandeville
  • Hume and the restoration of the a priori
  • Condillac, Turgot and well-made language of science
  • Condillac, Turgot and the "classic spirit"
  • physiocracy and the first crisis of abstraction
  • Smith and the impartial synthesis
  • the synthesis dissolves.

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書名 Rationalism and anti-rationalism in the origins of economics : the philosophical roots of 18th century economic thought
著作者等 Coleman, William Oliver
出版元 E. Elgar
刊行年月 c1995
ページ数 viii, 177 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 1852789956
NCID BA25036114
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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