On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value Judgments in Economic Sciences: Critical Edition, with an Introduction and Afterword by Paolo Silvestri (Hardback) book cover

On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value Judgments in Economic Sciences

Critical Edition, with an Introduction and Afterword by Paolo Silvestri

By Luigi Einaudi

Edited by Paolo Silvestri

© 2017 – Routledge

162 pages

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About the Book

Luigi Einaudi (1874-1961) was a leading liberal economist, economic historian and political figure. This book provides the English-speaking world with a first critical edition of an unpublished rewriting of one of Einaudi’s most unique and thoughtful essays.

Einaudi’s unpublished work reveals reflections that are significant not only for the history of economic thought but also for economic methodology and the role and responsibility of economics and economists in the public sphere. The earlier version of this essay has been considered the "historical epilogue" of the Italian tradition in public finance. An extensive reappraisal of this newly discovered document will help to reconsider and cast light on that tradition. On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value-Judgments in Economic Sciences: Critical Edition with Introduction and Afterword by Paolo Silvestri includes a comprehensive introduction and conclusion, both of which aim to place Einaudi’s essay in the context of his earlier epistemological speculation and the associated debates. It assesses the unsettled questions he left as an enduring heritage for the current generation of social scientists.

This book is of great interest to those who study economic theory and philosophy, as well as history of economic thought, public economics and legal and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Editorial foreword

Preface

The defence of economic science and the issue of value judgments

Luigi Einaudi, On Abstract and Historical Hypotheses and on Value Judgments in Economic Sciences

I. Abstract hypotheses and historical hypotheses

II. On some abstract hypotheses concerning the state and on their historical value

III. On value judgements in economic sciences

Bibliographical note

Freedom and taxation between good and bad polity, and the economist-whole-man

About the Author/Editor

Luigi Einaudi (1874–1961) was a leading liberal economist, economic historian and political figure: Governor of the Bank of Italy, Minister for the Budget and President of the Italian Republic.

Paolo Silvestri is research fellow at the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis", University of Turin. He is also Habilitated Associate Professor both in Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS051000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Public Finance
BUS069030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
LAW060000
LAW / Legal History
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory