The Worldly Philosophers

The Worldly Philosophers

Robert Heilbroner

​Heilbroner writes of the Worldly Philosophers, seven timeless economic thinkers, “The ultimate objective of their economic thinking was social understanding”. Economics of late has adopted an increasingly mechanical nature, producing a dry, dismal, narrowed field of study, disenchanted from its roots in moral philosophy.

This book carries you through the environments and upbringings that shaped each economists subjective lens on the world and human nature, from Veblen’s savage view of society to Schumpeter’s exposition of the manners in which economic paradigms systematically construct, as well as destruct, man’s moral creed. Culminating in Heibroner’s call for a revival of economics, he breaths the possibility of new life into the dreary field.

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