At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter was working on his monumental History of Economic Analysis. Unprecedented in scope, the book was to provide a complete history of economic theory from Ancient Greece to the end of the second world war. A major contribution to the history of ideas as well as to economics, History of Economic Analysis rapidly gained a reputation as a unique and classic work.
As well being an economist, Schumpeter was a gifted mathematician, historian, philosopher and psychologist and this is reflected in the multi-disciplinary nature of his great endeavour. Topics addressed include the techniques of economic analysis, contemporaneous developments in other sciences and the sociology of economics. This inclusiveness extends to the periods and individuals who figure in the book. As well as dealing with all of the major economists from Adam Smith to Maynard Keynes, the book considers the economic writings of Plato and Aristotle, of the Medieval Scholastics and of the major European economists. Throughout, Schumpeter perceived economics as a human science and this is reflected in a volume which is lucid and insightful throughout.
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At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter - one of the great economists and thinkers of the first half of the 20th century - was working on his "History of Economic Analysis". A complete history of man's theoretical efforts from the time of ancient Greece through the present to understand economic phenomena, the volume is an important contribution to the history of ideas as well as to economics. Schumpeter was a historian, social scientist, philosopher, psychologist, and mathematician as well as an economist, and the multidisciplinary contents of this book reveal the great scope of his project. Topics discussed include: the techniques of economic analysis, contemporaneous developments in other sciences, and the sociology of economics; economic writings from Plato and Aristotle up through the time of Adam Smith, including the medieval scholastics and natural-law philosophers; the work of Malthus, Mill, Ricardo, Marx, and the important European economists; and the history, sociology, psychology, and economics of the period from 1879 to 1914.About the Author:
Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950) was an economist from Austria and a giant in the history of economic thought.
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