This volume marks the first English translation of Toshihiro Tanaka’s research outside Japan, offering a rare opportunity for international scholars to explore the relationship between Western economic thought and Japan.
Rigorous in its analysis and broad in scope, the volume is structured in five parts that cut a path through classical economics and the Scottish Enlightenment, through to the lectures of modern and neoclassical economics, before concluding with studies in the influence of American and Australian economics in Japan. Studies incorporate work from philosophers such as Bernard Mandeville, Irving Fisher, Thorstein Veblen and Joseph Dorfman, but also pay due attention to work from the Society for the History of Economic Thought of Japan since 1981. Concerned with the methodology of writing a history of economics, the latter parts of the volume are composed from selected materials, including a previously unpublished letter from David Hume to Adam Smith, book reviews, and a word of remembrance for the late Professor Peter Groenewegen.
Japan and the Study of the History of Economic Thought will appeal to students and scholars of philosophy, economics and Japanese studies more broadly.
Table of Contents
Part 1: 1. Mandeville and Smith－In Connection with Economic Theory 2. Mandeville and Keynes 3. Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments and Bernard Mandeville Part 2: 4. David Hume as an Economist 5. Hume to Smith: An Unpublished Letter Part 3: 6. The Economic Thought of J. B. Clark: An Interpretation of ‘The Clark Problem’ 7. J. B. Clark and Alfred Marshall: Some Unpublished Letters 8. Preface and Introductory essay to the Correspondence: The Development of John Bates Clark’s Economic Thought and Franklin Henry Giddings of the Correspondence of John Bates Clark written to Franklin Henry Giddings, 1886-1930 9. In the Current of the Studies in the History of American Economic Thought Chapter 10. The Main Feature of The Making of American Neoclassical Economics: John Bates Clark’s Economic Thought Part 4: 11. The Society for the History of Economic Thought Japan (1981-A) 12. The Society for the History of Economic Thought Japan (1981-B) 13. The Society for the History of Economic Thought, Japan (1982) 14. The Society for the History of Economic Thought of Japan (1983) 15. The Society for the History of Economic Thought of Japan (1984) 16. The Society for The History of Economic Thought of Japan (1985) 17. The Society for The History of Economic Thought of Japan (1986-A) 18. The Society for The History of Economic Thought of Japan (1986-B) Chapter 19. The Society for The History of Economic Thought of Japan (1987) 20. The Society for The History of Economic Thought of Japan (1988) 21. Book Review: Recent Marshall Studies in Japan 22. Joseph Dorfman and the Studies in the History of American Economic Thought in Japan 23. Thorstein Veblen Studies in Japan: A bibliography 24. Preface of Economic Thought and Modernization in Japan Part 5: 25. Australia and Japan and the Study of the History of Economic Thought 26. Professor Toshihiro Tanaka’s words of remembrance for the late Professor Peter Groenewegen
Professor Toshihiro Tanaka graduated from Osaka University of Commerce and had post-graduation education at both Columbia and Syracuse Universities from where he obtained the MA. His teaching career started as research assistant at Kwansei Gakuin University in 1953 and studied and taught the history of economic thought there for about 45 years until his retirement in 1998. During the period at the University, he occupied important posts such as Dean of the Department of Economics and Dean of the Library. His research experiences also included some years in UK as a visiting scholar at Glasgow and Cambridge Universities as well as in China as an exchange professor of Jilin University. In addition to many of his educational responsibilities at the university, he contributed actively to various academic societies and served as the President of The Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought.