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Overview

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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<:st> Reprint of Veblen's 1934 classic (cited in ) with a new introduction by Scott R. Bowman; edited by L. Ardzrooni. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009641
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was perhaps the most famous American economist and social critic of his time. He taught at the universities of Chicago and Missouri, Stanford University, and the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Theory of Business Enterprise, The Higher Learning in America, and The Theory of the Leisure Class, all available from Transaction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction by the Editor
Economic Theory in the Calculable Future 3
Mr. Cummings's Strictures on "The Theory of the Leisure Class" 16
The Beginnings of Ownership 32
The Barbarian Status of Women 50
The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress 65
The Instinct of Workmanship and the Irksomeness of Labor 78
The Army of the Commonweal 97
"The Overproduction Fallacy" 104
Credit and Prices 114
Bohm-Bawerk's Definition of Capital, and the Source of Wages 132
Fisher's Rate of Interest 137
Fisher's Capital and Income 148
Kant's Critique of Judgment 175
Arts and Crafts 194
Christian Morals and the Competitive System 200
The Intellectual Pre-eminence of Jews in Modern Europe 219
An Experiment in Eugenics 232
Japanese Lose Hope for Germany 245
The Opportunity of Japan 248
Menial Servants during the Period of the War 267
Farm Labor for the Period of the War 279
Farm Labor and the I. W. W. 319
The War and Higher Learning 337
A Memorandum on a Schedule of Prices for the Staple Foodstuffs 347
Suggestions Touching the Working Program of an Inquiry into the Prospective Terms of Peace 355
Outline of a Policy for the Control of the "Economic Penetration" of Backward Countries and of Foreign Investments 361
The Passing of National Frontiers 383
A Policy of Reconstruction 391
Bolshevism Is a Menace - to Whom? 399
Peace 415
Dementia Praecox 423
Between Bolshevism and War 437
Editorials from "The Dial" 450
The Economic Consequences of the Peace 462
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