Essays in Our Changing Order

Essays in Our Changing Order

by Thorstein Veblen
     
 

Essays in Our Changing Order is the ninth volume in the collected works of America’s pre-eminent social scientist. Each volume has a new opening essay, in this case, a comprehensive review of Veblen’s works by Scott Bowman that stands by itself as a premier statement. Using an innovative framework, Bowman sees Veblen as concerned with three

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Essays in Our Changing Order is the ninth volume in the collected works of America’s pre-eminent social scientist. Each volume has a new opening essay, in this case, a comprehensive review of Veblen’s works by Scott Bowman that stands by itself as a premier statement. Using an innovative framework, Bowman sees Veblen as concerned with three unifying themes: the dynamic interrelationships between instinct, habits of thought, environment, and social change in human evolution; the essential contradiction between business and industry sustained by the instinctual dominance of pecuniary exploit over workmanlike efficiency; and the role of ideological and animistic thinking in human affairs.

This volume of Veblen’s most important studies, published posthumously in 1936, illustrates and embellishes the themes Bowman outlines in a variety of ways, and is remarkable for its contemporanity and literary freshness. Veblen’s editor, Leon Ardzrooni, divides the work into three major segments: essays on economics, including the history of the field; miscellaneous papers, which nearly all come to rest on matters of religion and philosophy; and what Ardzrooni calls war essays, which again reveal a very worldly and wise observer of current events and critic of national policies. What is so astonishing is the timeliness of these seemingly time bound concerns: whether dealing with the condition of women, the intellectual contributions of Jews, farm labor and unions, or the meaning of the Bolshevik Revolution, Veblen confronts us with insights into still-unfinished business.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560009641
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
470
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction by the Editor
Economic Theory in the Calculable Future3
Mr. Cummings's Strictures on "The Theory of the Leisure Class"16
The Beginnings of Ownership32
The Barbarian Status of Women50
The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress65
The Instinct of Workmanship and the Irksomeness of Labor78
The Army of the Commonweal97
"The Overproduction Fallacy"104
Credit and Prices114
Bohm-Bawerk's Definition of Capital, and the Source of Wages132
Fisher's Rate of Interest137
Fisher's Capital and Income148
Kant's Critique of Judgment175
Arts and Crafts194
Christian Morals and the Competitive System200
The Intellectual Pre-eminence of Jews in Modern Europe219
An Experiment in Eugenics232
Japanese Lose Hope for Germany245
The Opportunity of Japan248
Menial Servants during the Period of the War267
Farm Labor for the Period of the War279
Farm Labor and the I. W. W.319
The War and Higher Learning337
A Memorandum on a Schedule of Prices for the Staple Foodstuffs347
Suggestions Touching the Working Program of an Inquiry into the Prospective Terms of Peace355
Outline of a Policy for the Control of the "Economic Penetration" of Backward Countries and of Foreign Investments361
The Passing of National Frontiers383
A Policy of Reconstruction391
Bolshevism Is a Menace - to Whom?399
Peace415
Dementia Praecox423
Between Bolshevism and War437
Editorials from "The Dial"450
The Economic Consequences of the Peace462

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