The history of economic thought has always attracted some of the brightest minds in the discipline. These chroniclers of development have helped form our current views, and it is no surprise that many among them have been at the forefront of new movements in the history of ideas.
This notable collection summarizes the work of these key historians of economics and attempts to quantify their impact. Some of the writers covered, such as Friedrich Hayek and Joan Robinson, are already assured of their place among the greatest economists of the twentieth century, but the collection also stresses the influence of those still active in shaping our perceptions - including Mark Blaug, Samuel Hollander and Donald Winch.
Written by an impressive roster of contributors, many of whom are themselves well-known in the history of economic thought, this key book features writings from John Creedy, Roger Blackhouse and Neil De Marchi, as well as the editors of the collection as a whole, Warren J. Samuels and Steven Medema.
Introduction. The Skills of Freedom: The Liberal Education of William J. Barber. Mark Blaug as a Historian of Economic Thought. Bob Coats and the Historicizing of Economic Policy. Verve and Versatility: Neil de Marchi and the Culture of Economics. Maurice Dobb, Historical Materialism, and Economic Thought. The Craft of William Grampp: Historian of Economics. F. A. Hayek as an Intellectual Historian of Economics. From Adam Smith to John Stuart Mill: Samuel Hollander and the Classical Economists. Todd Lowry and Ancient Greek Economic Thought: An Interpretation. Ronald Meek and the Rehabilitation of Surplus Economics. Phil Mirowski as a Historian of Economic Thought. D. P. O'Brien's Contribution to the History of Economic Analysis. Joan Robinson's Economics: Using the History of Economic Thought as a Discovery Tool. Henry William Spiegel, Historian of Economic Thought. Werner Stark and the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to the History of Economics. Roy Weintraub's Contribution to the History of Economics. Donald Winch as Intellectual Historian.