Economics has a rich tradition with implicit and explicit views of what it means to be human, and how people should engage with the world and each other. This summer I am reading through a number of classics in the economic tradition to examine their anthropology and how a few of the great economists thought about questions like “What are people for?” and “How then shall we live?” This summer I’ll be posting a few blog posts per book, summarizing the arguments made of a few chapters, and inserting my responses.
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations
Marx, Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy
Marshall, Principles of Economics
Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered