Natural Images in Economic Thought: Markets Read in Tooth and Claw

Natural Images in Economic Thought: Markets Read in Tooth and Claw

by Philip Mirowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521443210

ISBN-13: 9780521443210

Pub. Date: 10/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection of interdisciplinary essays is the first to investigate how images in the history of the natural and physical sciences have shaped the history of economic thought. It documents the extent to which scholars have drawn from the physical and natural sciences.  See more details below

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This collection of interdisciplinary essays is the first to investigate how images in the history of the natural and physical sciences have shaped the history of economic thought. It documents the extent to which scholars have drawn from the physical and natural sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521443210
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Series:
Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics Series
Pages:
618
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
1Doing what comes naturally: four metanarratives on what metaphors are for3
2So what's an economic metaphor?20
3Newton and the social sciences, with special reference to economics, or, the case of the missing paradigm55
4From virtual velocities to economic action: the very slow arrivals of linear programming and locational equilibrium91
5Qualitative dynamics in economics and fluid mechanics: a comparison of recent applications109
6Rigor and practicality: rival ideals of quantification in nineteenth-century economics128
7Economic man, economic machine: images of circulation in the Victorian money market173
8The moment of Richard Jennings: the production of Jevons's marginalist economic agent197
9Economics and evolution: Alfred James Lotka and the economy of nature231
10Fire, motion, and productivity: the proto-energetics of nature and economy in Francois Quesnay249
11Organism as a metaphor in German economic thought289
12The greyhound and the mastiff: Darwinian themes in Mill and Marshall322
13Organization and the division of labor: biological metaphors at work in Alfred Marshall's Principles of Economics336
14The role of biological analogies in the theory of the firm360
15Does evolutionary theory give comfort or inspiration to economics?384
16Hayek, evolution, and spontaneous order408
17The realms of the Natural451
18The place of economics in the hierarchy of the sciences: Section F from Whewell to Edgeworth484
19The kinds of order in society536
20Feminist accounting theory as a critique of what's "natural" in economics583
Index611

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