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1st Edition

Economics and Art Theory

ISBN 9780367615383
Published August 4, 2022 by Routledge
228 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on an interdisciplinary panel of contributors, this book presents a stimulating dialogue between economics and art theory and considers how this might aid our understanding of both areas of research.

The collection explores themes which both fields share, including rationality, abstraction and model building, the nature of social reality, representation and transformation. The contributions employ a broad range of methods to investigate the links between economics and art, and their coverage includes architecture, history of ideas, art theory, literature studies and beyond.

This innovative volume will be of interest to advanced students and scholars of economic theory, cultural economics, literary and art theory and it intends to be a starting point for new avenues of interdisciplinary research.

Table of Contents

Table of contents


List of contributors

Foreword by Louise Braddock


Stratos Myrogiannis and Constantinos Repapis

Part I

Economics, Literature and Representation

1 Economic thought and novels: What can we expect from the economy?

Claire Pignol

2 Men of Feeling: Sympathy, Imagination and the Value of Interdisciplinary Exchange

Foteini Lika

3 Adamantios Koraes and his tropics of discourse: Art, Science and Economics as therapeutic debts

Stratos Myrogiannis

Part II

Economics, Visual Arts and Abstractions

4 Economy, efficiency and the promenade deck: Thoughts on the history of architectural theory

Stravros Alifragkis

5 Resemblances and Disjunctions: Art, Mathematics and Economic Models

Ragupathy Venkatachalam

6 Fragments, Spolia and Economic Texts

Constantinos Repapis

Part III

Reflections on Economics, Society and Art

7 Art as Experience: The Aesthetic Dimensions of Meta-Economic Concerns in E. F. Schumacher’s Work

Sarath Jakka

8 "Man, the Prisoner of Logic": Towards an Optics of Equanimity

Michael Uebel

9 Economics, the Plastic Arts and Social Transformation

Sheila Dow


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Stratos Myrogiannis is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the Hellenic Open University, Greece.

Constantinos Repapis is Lecturer in Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.