The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers, Seventh Edition

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers, Seventh Edition
By Robert L. Heilbroner

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The bestselling classic that examines the history of economic thought from Adam Smith to Karl Marx—“all the economic lore most general readers conceivably could want to know, served up with a flourish” (The New York Times).

The Worldly Philosophers not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas—namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.

In a bold new concluding chapter entitled “The End of the Worldly Philosophy?” Heilbroner reminds us that the word “end” refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today’s increasingly “scientific” economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.


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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #8703 in Books
  • Brand: Touchstone
  • Published on: 1999-08-10
  • Released on: 1999-08-10
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.44" h x .90" w x 5.50" l, .46 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 368 pages

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Editorial Reviews

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“A brilliant achievement.”
John Kenneth Galbraith

“If ever a book answered a crying need, this one does. Here is all the economic lore most general readers conceivably could want to know, served up with a flourish by a man who writes with immense vigor and skill, who has a rare gift for simplifying complexities.”
The New York Times

“Robert Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers is a living classic, both because he makes us see that the ideas of the great economists remain fresh and important for our times and because his own brilliant writing forces us to reach out into the future.”
—Leonard Silk

The Worldly Philosophers, quite simply put, is a classic....None of us can know where we are coming from unless we know the sources of the great ideas that permeate our thinking. The Worldly Philosophers gives us a clear understanding of the economic ideas that influence us whether or not we have read the great economic thinkers.”
—Lester Thurow

“Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith inspired several readers to become Nobel laureates in biology. Robert Heilbroner's new edition of The Worldly Philosophers will inspire a new generation of economists.”
—Paul Samuelson

From the Back Cover
The Worldly Philosophers is a bestselling classic that not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas -- namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.

In a bold new concluding chapter entitled "The End of the Worldly Philosophy?" Heilbroner reminds us that the word "end" refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today's increasingly "scientific" economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.

About the Author
Robert L. Heilbroner is the Norman Thomas Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at The New School for Social Research and is the author of more than twenty books. He lives in New York City.


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5I cannot rate this book too highly
By Robert Sullivan
I initially bought this book for a first-year economics class I was taking in college back in the early 1980s; I wanted to see how the author had updated it. He explains in as simple language as possible the lives and ideas of the great economists; he gives an uncomplicated explanation of supply and demand without going into tedious detail or any graphs. It's economics for a liberal-arts person without the mathematics. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in or thinking about investing for personal or professional reasons.

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4A Classic.
By George Seely
This should be required reading at every high school in the country. I didn't get to read it the first time until I was in college and I wish I had been introduced to basic economics at an earlier stage in my education. Our country would be a better place to live if our leaders had at least some understanding of human nature and how it drives the economic engine. Perhaps then they would be less inclined to interfere with the natural order.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Just about the best introduction to the history of economic thought
By Amazon Customer
Just about the best introduction to the history of economic thought. Refreshing lack of jargon. Ideal for the bright eyed and bushy tailed layperson.

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