Architectures of Economic Subjectivity

The Philosophical Foundations of the Subject in the History of Economic Thought

By Sonya Scott

© 2012 – Routledge

302 pages

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About the Book

The history of European economic thought has long been written by those seeking to prove or disprove the truth-value of the theories they describe. This work takes a different approach. It explores the philosophical groundwork of the theoretical structure within which economic subjects are presented. Demonstrating how the subjects of economic texts tend to be defined in and through their relationship to knowledge, this study addresses the epistemological constitution of subjectivity in economic thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Economics Philosophically, or, the Subject of Economics 1. Ricardo's Architectonic: Subjectivity and the Hierarchy of Knowledge 2. Subjectivity Through the Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith's Tangential Reasoning 3. The Static Subjects of General Equilibrium Theory: Walras and the Temporality of 'Pure Economics' 4. The Continuity of Uncertain Time: Marshall and Keynes and Rejoinder to General Equilibrium Theory 5. The Economist as Subject: Radical Apriorism in the work of Mises and Hayek Conclusion: Subjects Beyond the Architectonic

About the Author

Sonya Scott completed her PhD at York University, Toronto, Canada

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS069030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
PHI034000
PHILOSOPHY / Social