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The Trend of Economic Thinking: Essays on Political Economists and Economic History (Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)

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The Iron Curtain has been cast aside. The Berlin Wall has fallen. Germany is reunited. And F. A. Hayek's forceful predictions of the inevitable failure of

socialism and central economic planning are now rendered irrefutable. Yet Hayek still rightfully cautions us to heed his arguments, warning that in economics you can never establish a truth once and for all but have always to convince every generation anew.

The Trend of Economic Thinking captures Hayek's views on political economists and economic history--on Mandeville, Hume, Cantillon, Adam Smith, and Henry Thornton. Framed by insightful editorial notes, fifteen newly collected essays--including five previously unpublished pieces and two others never before available in English--provide a fascinating introduction to the historical context of political economy and the evolution of monetary practices. In a highlight of the collection, On Being an Economist, Hayek reflects on the influence of economists, the time required for new ideas to take hold, the best way to educate economic theorists, and the need to follow one's own interests, often in opposition to fashionable beliefs. As always, the words of this outspoken scholar are sure to provoke debate.

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F. A. Hayek, awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and one of the principal proponents of the libertarian philosophy. This collection of 15 of his essays captures Hayek's views on political economy and economic history expressed in the writings of Mandeville, Hume, Cantillon, Adam Smith, and Henry Thornton. The essays, supplemented by editorial notes, provide an introduction to the historical context of political economy in Britain and the evolution of monetary practices. Five of the essays had never been published, and two others had never been available in English, when the first printing of the book was published in 1991. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In The Trend of Economic Thinking Hayek presents many of the figures that influenced the development of his economic thought. The articles range from well-known economists such as Mandeville, Hume, Smith, and Bastiat, to lesser-known figures such as Dupuit and Gossen, showing the breadth of Hayek's study of the history of economic thought.

F. A. Hayek (1899–1992) was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974 and the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and was one of the leading Austrian economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century.

W. W. Bartley, III (1934–1990) was a Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Fellow at Stanford University and an author.

Stephen Kresge was the General Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek until his retirement in 2002.

Table of Contents

Editorial Foreword ix

Introduction 5

PART I. THE ECONOMIST AND HIS DISMAL TASK

One

The Trend of Economic Thinking 17

Two

On Being an Economist 35

Three

Two Types of Mind 49

Four

History and Politics 56

PART II. THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN BRITAIN

Five

Francis Bacon: Progenitor of Scientism (1561-1626) 75

Six

Dr. Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) 79

Seven

The Legal and Political Philosophy of David Hume (1711-1776) 101

Addendum:  A Discovery about Hume by Keynes and Sraffa 118

Eight

Adam Smith (1723-1790): His Message in Today's Language 119

Addendum:  Review, Adam Smith as Student and Professor 122

PART III. ENGLISH MONETARY POLICY AND THE BULLION DEBATE

Nine

Genesis of the Gold Standard in Response to English Coinage Policy in the 17th and 18th Centuries 127

Ten

First Paper Money in 18th-Century France 155

Eleven

The Period of Restrictions, 1797-1821, and the Bullion Debate in England 177

Twelve

The Dispute Between the Currency School and the Banking School, 1821-1848 216

Thirteen

Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) 245

Addenda:  On Higgs 290

Fourteen

Henry Thornton (1760-1815) 295

PART IV. CURRENTS OF THOUGHT IN THE 19th CENTURY

Fifteen

Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850), Jules Dupuit (1804-1866), and Hermann Heinrich Gossen (1810-1858) 347

Chronological Order of Contents 373

Bibliographical Note 375

Editor's Acknowledgements 376

Index 377

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865977426
Author:
Hayek, Friedrich A. Von
Publisher:
Liberty Fund
Editor:
Bartley, W. W., III
Editor:
Kresge, Stephen
Author:
Hayek, F. A.
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
History
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Economics -- History.
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Edition Description:
New Edition
Series:
Collected Works of F. A. Hayek
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 100

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In The Trend of Economic Thinking Hayek presents many of the figures that influenced the development of his economic thought. The articles range from well-known economists such as Mandeville, Hume, Smith, and Bastiat, to lesser-known figures such as Dupuit and Gossen, showing the breadth of Hayek's study of the history of economic thought.

F. A. Hayek (1899–1992) was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974 and the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and was one of the leading Austrian economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century.

W. W. Bartley, III (1934–1990) was a Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Fellow at Stanford University and an author.

Stephen Kresge was the General Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek until his retirement in 2002.

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