Alfred Marshall's Mission (Routledge Revivals)

By David Reisman

© 1990 – Routledge

310 pages

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About the Book

Alfred Marshall was anxious to do good. Intended by an Evangelical father for the vocation of clergyman, the author of the mould-shaping Principles of Economics remained to the end of his days a great preacher deeply committed to raising the tone of life. First published in 1990, Alfred Marshall’s Mission explains how this most moral of political economists sought to blend the downward sloping utility function of Jevons and Menger with the organic evolutionism of Darwin and Spencer, how this celebrated theorist of social alongside economic growth sought to combine the mathematical marginalism of Cournot. Thunen and Edgeworth with the ethical uplift of Green, Jowett and Toynbee. The conclusion reached is that perhaps Marshall was, after all, too anxious to do good. Far more economists, however, have been not anxious enough; and that in itself gives this study of Marshall’s life and times a present day relevance which would, no doubt, have appealed strongly to the shy Cambridge professor who is its subject.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Childhood and Cambridge 3. Cambridge and Bristol 4. Oxford and Cambridge 5. Economics and Principles 6. The Evoloution of the Principles 7. Beyond the Principles 8. Conclusion

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