The Worldly Philosophers 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.
Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future. Author of The Worldly Philosophers, a 3-million-copy seller, Robert Heilbroner offers here a compendium of readings from the "worldly philosophers" themselves.
Acting as "a docent, not merely an editor," he takes the reader through the core arguments with "brilliantly clear commentary" New York Times Book Review. This absence, in turn, reflects the collapse of the Keynesian view that provided such a foundation from through the early s, comparable to earlier visions provided by Smith, Ricardo, Mill, and Marshall.
The "unraveling" of Keynesianism has been followed by a division into discordant and ineffective camps whose common denominator seems to be their shared analytical refinement and lack of practical applicability.
This provocative analysis attempts both to describe this state of affairs, and to suggest the direction in which economic thinking must move if it is to regain the relevance and remedial power it now pointedly lacks.
Inside this book
In later books. Professor Heilbroner projected his own views about the future of the capitalist system.
Now he asks a still more demanding question: What is capitalism? In search of an answer, The Nature and Logic of Capitalism takes us on a far-ranging exploration to the unconscious levels of the human psyche and the roots of domination and submission; to the organization of primitive society and the origins of wealth; to the sources of profit and the conception of a "regime" of capital; to the interplay of relatively slow-changing institutions and the powerful force of the accumulation of wealth.
By the end of this tour we have grappled not only with ideas of Adam Smith and Karl Marx but with Freud and modern anthropologists as well.
And we are far closer to understanding capitalism in our time, its possibilities and limits. Behind the Veil of Economics makes instructive, disturbing, and lively reading.
Power and ideology, answers Robert Heilbroner—the power of our economic involvement in society to shape the ways we think about it; the visions and values that add unsuspected ideological color to our economic beliefs about it. Most important, Heilbroner shows why economics has become the reigning form of social inquiry and how we might penetrate its mystique.
To answer this question, noted economist and social philosopher Robert Heilbroner looks beyond economic theory to the social and political problems of modern economic society. In this sweeping examination of the past, present, and possible future, Heilbroner considers capitalism both as an economic system and a political order.
The Worldly Philosophers PDF by Robert Heilbroner
He argues persuasively that, even in an increasingly globalized economy, government remains crucial to a healthy private sector, due to the limited ability of markets to order themselves, let alone make contributions to the common good such as tackling environmental problems or providing sufficient educational programs.
Heilbroner concludes this penetrating technique by speculating on whether some more participatory forms of capitalism might emerge this century.
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