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The Natural Origins of Economics

Margaret Schabas. The Natural Origins of Economics Authors:Margaret Schabas.
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Year:2006
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Pages:208
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References to the economy are ubiquitous in modern life, and virtually every facet of human activity has capitulated to market mechanisms. In the early modern period, however, there was no common perception of the economy, and discourses on money, trade, and commerce treated economic phenomena as properties of physical nature. Only in the early nineteenth century did economists begin to posit and identify the economy as a distinct object, divorcing it from natural processes and attaching it exclusively to human laws and agency. In The Natural Origins of Economics, Margaret Schabas traces the emergence and transformation of economics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from a natural to a social science. Focusing on the works of several prominent economistsóDavid Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, and John Stuart MillóSchabas examines their conceptual debt to natural science and thus locates the evolution of economic ideas within the history of...

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