1st Edition

Economics and Art Theory

Edited By Stratos Myrogiannis, Constantinos Repapis Copyright 2023
    228 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


    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



    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.