Alessandro Roncaglia's new book on the history of economics is a very welcome contribution to our understanding of the science, and the several courses it has taken over the last years, from its beginnings as a crucial element of modernity and Enlightenment, to its arrival at its current, problematic juncture. Actually, the book is a revised English version of an earlier Italian text, with new material. The work exhibits a deep grasp of economic ideas and their grounding in the wider intellectual culture of the Western traditions, a feature not often found in Anglo-American history of economics texts. It is also a great and probably unique strength of the book Most users should sign in with their email address.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Wealth of Ideas, first published in , traces the history of economic thought, from its prehistory the Bible, Classical antiquity to the present day.

Economic thought is seen as developing between two opposite poles: a subjective one, based on the ideas of scarcity and utility, and an objective one based on the notions of physical costs and surplus.

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The Wealth of Ideas: A History of Economic Thought

New York: Cambridge University Press, On the one hand, there was the perspective traceable to Greek ethics and philosophy that reemerged in the writings of twelfth- and thirteenth-century Church scholars whose teachings about moral behaviors included buyer and seller transactions intended to serve the common good. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century thinkers became preoccupied with the stock of metallic money treasure as an index of national wealth, holding that management of the gold stock is, or should be, the primary responsibility of the state. While historians of economics are well acquainted with the writings of Thomas Mun and other English and French mercantilists, Roncaglia also sketches out the contributions of some early Italian thinkers, in particular Antonio Serra, who is credited with a more sophisticated understanding than others of the interdependence between financial and real variables in enhancing the productive capabilities of the kingdom of Naples vis a vis other Italian cities. To put the conflict between these competing perspective into context, The Wealth of Ideas traces the history of economic thought with chapter titles that are identified with the names of the leading contributors, beginning with William Petty chapter 3 , and concluding with a trilogy chapters devoted to J. Keynes, Joseph A.


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