This volume contains the contributions to a conference organized by Gábor Bíró from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, held online in the summer of 2020. The conference—as well as the book that resulted from it—was intended to draw attention to a topic that, according to the editor, had hitherto been neglected by the majority of historians of economic thought: the “organic” aspects present in the ideas of many economic thinkers. “The aim is to demonstrate that organic aspects have been inherent parts of how celebrated thinkers addressed economic issues” (1). To this end, the “organic” elements in the works of David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich August Hayek, and the Polanyi brothers are analyzed in the eight chapters following the introduction, each of which is devoted to one (or, in the case of the Polanyi brothers, two) of these...
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Book Review| February 01 2023
Humanity and Nature in Economic Thought: Searching for the Organic Origins of the Economy
Humanity and Nature in Economic Thought: Searching for the Organic Origins of the Economy. Edited by Gábor Bíró.
197pp. $160.00 (hardback).
History of Political Economy (2023) 55 (1): 193–204.
Fritz Söllner; Humanity and Nature in Economic Thought: Searching for the Organic Origins of the Economy. History of Political Economy 1 February 2023; 55 (1): 193–204. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-10213695
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