Natural Law and the Origin of Political Economy: Samuel Pufendorf and the History of Economics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Natural Law and the Origin of Political Economy

Samuel Pufendorf and the History of Economics, 1st Edition

By Arild Saether

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Samuel Pufendorf’s work on natural law and political economy was extensive and has been cited by several important figures in the history of economic thought. Yet his name is rarely mentioned in textbooks on the history of economic thought, the history of political science or the history of philosophy. In this unprecedented study, Arild Sæther sheds new light both on Pufendorf’s own life and work, as well as his influence on his contemporaries and on later scholars.





This book explores Pufendorf ’s doctrines of political economy and his work on natural law, which was translated into several major European languages. Natural Law and the Origin of Political Economy considers the influence he had on the writings on political economy of John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Francis Hutcheson and Adam Smith, amongst others. If Smith can be called the father of modern economics, this book claims that Pufendorf can be called the grandfather.





This volume is of great importance to those who study Pufendorf ’s extensive works, as well as those interested in history of economic thought, political economy and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Part I: Childhood and Education









  1. Childhood: Turbulent Times







  2. University Education in Leipzig and Jena






  3. A Creative Imprisonment in Copenhagen




  4. Part II: A True European





  5. Academic Career






  6. A Champion of the Enlightenment




  7. Part III: Doctrines of Political Economy





  8. Method of Analysis






  9. Theory of Human Behaviour






  10. Private Property and the Four-Stages Theory






  11. Theories of Value, Money and Trade






  12. The Foundation of States and Council Decisions






  13. Division of State Powers and Principles of Taxation




  14. Part IV: Diffusion of Pufendorf’s Economic Ideas





  15. A Great Popularizer






  16. John Locke an Admirer of Pufendorf




  17. Part V: Early French Philosophers and Pufendorf





  18. The First French Followers






  19. Charles Montesquieu: A Great Philosopher






  20. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A Political Thinker






  21. The First Economic Model Builders




  22. Part VI: Scottish Followers of Pufendorf





  23. Gershom Carmichael brought Pufendorf to Scotland






  24. Francis Hutcheson a User of Pufendorf






  25. Pufendorf as a Predecessor of Adam Smith




  26. Part VII: How could Pufendorf be Overlooked?





  27. The Bedevilled Historians






  28. Have Economists Overlooked Pufendorf?






  29. Pufendorf the Grandfather of Political Economy


About the Author

Arild Sæther is Professor Emeritus. He retired from University of Agder, Kristiansand Norway in 2011 and is now affiliated with Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters. Recently he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. Philos) from the Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen. Previously he worked for two and a half years as a Professor of European Economic Integration in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and three years as Director of EuroFaculty Tartu-Riga-Vilnius. Sæther has published books on economic theory and a number of journal articles. For over twenty years his main area of research has been the history of economic thought.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUS069030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
POL023000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions