The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers

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Paperback, Touchstone Books, 1999, ISBN # 068486214X

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The Worldly Philosophers is a bestselling classic that not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas -- namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.

In a bold new concluding chapter entitled "The End of the Worldly Philosophy?" Heilbroner reminds us that the word "end" refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today's increasingly "scientific" economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.

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Publisher: Touchstone
Publish Date: Aug 10, 1999
ISBN-13: 9780684862149
ISBN-10: 068486214X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.0
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