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Lionel Robbins's now famous lectures on the history of economic thought comprise one of the greatest accounts since World War II of the evolution of economic ideas. This volume represents the first time those lectures have been published.

Lord Robbins (1898-1984) was a remarkably accomplished thinker, writer, and public figure. He made important contributions to economic theory, methodology, and policy analysis, directed the economic section of Winston Churchill's War Cabinet, and served as chairman of the Financial Times. As a historian of economic ideas, he ranks with Joseph Schumpeter and Jacob Viner as one of the foremost scholars of the century. These lectures, delivered at the London School of Economics between 1979 and 1981 and tape-recorded by Robbins's grandson, display his mastery of the intellectual history of economics, his infectious enthusiasm for the subject, and his eloquence and incisive wit. They cover a broad chronological range, beginning with Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, focusing extensively on Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus and the classicals, and finishing with a discussion of moderns and marginalists from Marx to Alfred Marshall. Robbins takes a varied and inclusive approach to intellectual history. As he says in his first lecture: "I shall go my own sweet way--sometimes talk about doctrine, sometimes talk about persons, sometimes talk about periods." The lectures are united by Robbins's conviction that it is impossible to understand adequately contemporary institutions and social sciences without understanding the ideas behind their development.

Authoritative yet accessible, combining the immediacy of the spoken word with Robbins's exceptional talent for clear, well-organized exposition, this volume will be welcomed by anyone interested in the intellectual origins of the modern world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxx
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  1. A. Anticipations
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Lecture 1: Introduction—Plato
  2. pp. 5-15
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  1. Lecture 2: Plato and Aristotle
  2. pp. 16-25
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  1. Lecture 3: Aquinas and the Scholastics
  2. pp. 26-34
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  1. Lecture 4: Pamphleteers—Money (Oresme, Bodin, “W.S.”)
  2. pp. 35-45
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  1. Lecture 5: Pamphleteers—Mercantilism (Malynes, Misselden, Mun)
  2. pp. 46-54
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  1. Lecture 6: Sir William Petty
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. Lecture 7: Child and Locke (Interest)
  2. pp. 66-74
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  1. B. Emergence of Systems
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Lecture 8: Cantillon
  2. pp. 77-85
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  1. Lecture 9: Cantillon (cont.)—Physiocracy
  2. pp. 86-94
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  1. Lecture 10: Physiocrats—Turgot
  2. pp. 95-103
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  1. Lecture 11: Locke and Hume on Property—Hume on Money
  2. pp. 104-113
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  1. Lecture 12: Hume on Interest and Trade—Precursors of Adam Smith
  2. pp. 114-124
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  1. Lecture 13: General Survey of Smith’s Intentions—The Wealth of Nations: Analytical (I)
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. Lecture 14: The Wealth of Nations: Analytical (II)
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. Lecture 15: The Wealth of Nations: Analytical (III)—Policy (I)
  2. pp. 143-152
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  1. Lecture 16: The Wealth of Nations: Policy (II)
  2. pp. 153-164
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  1. C. Nineteenth-Century Classicism
  2. pp. 165-166
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  1. Lecture 17: General Review—Malthus on Population
  2. pp. 167-175
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  1. Lecture 18: Value and Distribution: Historical Origin—Analytical (I)
  2. pp. 176-184
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  1. Lecture 19: Value and Distribution: Analytical (II)
  2. pp. 185-191
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  1. Lecture 20: Value and Distribution: Analytical (III)
  2. pp. 192-200
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  1. Lecture 21: Overall Equilibrium
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. Lecture 22: International Trade
  2. pp. 210-218
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  1. Lecture 23: John Stuart Mill
  2. pp. 219-228
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  1. D. Other Mid-Nineteenth-Century Thought
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Lecture 24: Mill (cont.)—Saint-Simon and Marx
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. Lecture 25: Marx (cont.)—List and the Historical School
  2. pp. 238-246
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  1. E. Beginnings of Modern Analysis
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Lecture 26: The Historical School (cont.)—Precursors of Change: Cournot, von Thünen, and Rae
  2. pp. 249-257
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  1. Lecture 27: The Marginal Revolution (I): Jevons
  2. pp. 258-267
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  1. Lecture 28: The Marginal Revolution (II): Jevons and Menger
  2. pp. 268-276
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  1. Lecture 29: The Marginal Revolution (III): Costs (Wieser)—The Pricing of Factor Services (Wieser, Clark, Wicksteed)
  2. pp. 277-284
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  1. Lecture 30: Capital Theory: Böhm-Bawerk and Fisher
  2. pp. 285-294
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  1. Lecture 31: Walras—Pareto
  2. pp. 295-302
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  1. Lecture 32: Marshall
  2. pp. 303-311
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  1. Lecture 33: Money: Fisher, Marshall, Wicksell
  2. pp. 312-320
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  1. Afterword: The Further Evolution of the Subject
  2. pp. 321-336
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  1. Appendix A: Robbins’ Reading List
  2. pp. 337-346
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  1. Appendix B: Robbins’ Writings in the History of Economic Thought
  2. pp. 347-352
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  1. References
  2. pp. 353-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-375
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400822799
Related ISBN
9780691070148
MARC Record
OCLC
55638496
Pages
393
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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