The history of European economic thought has long been written by those seeking to prove or disprove the truth-value of the theories they describe. This work takes a different approach. It explores the philosophical groundwork of the theoretical structure within which economic subjects are presented. Demonstrating how the subjects of economic texts tend to be defined in and through their relationship to knowledge, this study addresses the epistemological constitution of subjectivity in economic thought.
Introduction: Reading Economics Philosophically, or, the Subject of Economics 1. Ricardo's Architectonic: Subjectivity and the Hierarchy of Knowledge 2. Subjectivity Through the Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith's Tangential Reasoning 3. The Static Subjects of General Equilibrium Theory: Walras and the Temporality of 'Pure Economics' 4. The Continuity of Uncertain Time: Marshall and Keynes and Rejoinder to General Equilibrium Theory 5. The Economist as Subject: Radical Apriorism in the work of Mises and Hayek Conclusion: Subjects Beyond the Architectonic