Summer Project Overview: The Great Economists

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.

The list:

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