Humanity and Nature in Economic Thought
Searching for the Organic Origins of the Economy
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Humanity and Nature in Economic Thought: Searching for the Organic Origins of the Economy argues that organic elements seen as incompatible with rational homo economicus have been left out of, or downplayed in, mainstream histories of economic thought.
The chapters show that organic aspects (that is, aspects related to sensitive, cognitive or social human qualities) were present in the economic ideas of a wide range of important thinkers including Hume, Smith, Malthus, Mill, Marshall, Keynes, Hayek and the Polanyi brothers. Moreover, the contributors to this thought-provoking volume reveal in turn that these aspects were crucial to how these key figures thought about the economy.
This stimulating collection of essays will be of interest to advanced students and scholars of the history of economic thought, economic philosophy, heterodox economics, moral philosophy and intellectual history.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Sympathies for Common Ends: The Principles of Organization in Hume’s Psychology and Political Economy
Chapter 3: Adam Smith on Organic Change in Moral Beliefs
Chapter 4: Malthusianism In and Out of Darwinism. Naturalising Society and Moralising Nature?
Antonello La Vergata
Chapter 5: J.S. Mill’s Understanding of the “Organic” Nature of Socialism
Chapter 6: The Concept of Organic Growth in Marshall’s Work
Neil B. Niman
Chapter 7: The Role of Keynes’s Idea of “Organic Unity” in his “General Theory” of Capitalism
Chapter 8: Unintended Order and Self-Organization in the Evolutionary Social Theory of Friedrich Hayek
Hilton L. Root
Chapter 9: The Politics of Naturalizing the Economy: Organic Aspects in the Economic Thought of Karl and Michael Polanyi
Gábor Bíró is an Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Philosophy and History of Science at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a Research Fellow of the MTA Lendület Morals and Science Research Group at the Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest, Hungary.