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History of Economic Thought: A Critical Perspective
by E.K. Hunt
The new edition of this classroom classic retains the organizing theme of the original text, presenting the development of thought within the context of economic history. Economic ideas are framed in terms of the spheres of production and circulation, with a critical analysis of how past theorists presented their ideas.
Hardcover, 579 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by M.E. Sharpe
(first published 1975)
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Nov 21, 2015 Shehzad Arifeen rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A very well written historical analysis that is seriously marred by an obvious bias in the author's Marxist perspective, that prevents him from presenting a satisfactorily balanced take on the history of economic thought. This is evident in some glaring flaws and inconsistencies in reasoning that pervades the volume in the author's defense of Socialist ideas and harsh criticism of Capitalist ones. Thus, while we are introduced to a very comprehensive and broad analysis of the Classical School of ...more
I've read many things from Hunt mainly because I attended the University of Utah where Hunt had taught previously. While this book is fantastic for exploring different economic ideas over time it falls short in the critique and arguments against several theorists such as Smith or Mill. I love studying much of the doctrine of economics as I search to find my own concrete theories concerning the theory of value, human nature, and economic systems in which the most can be gained. I feel however tha ...more
Jan 23, 2015 James Taylor rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This, along with Wolff/Resnick's Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical was my entry point to historical analysis in economics. It's a great introduction and guides readers to research on many of the topics it brushes on rather than attempting to be an all-inclusive compendium.
I thought this book was going to actually be about the history of economic thought but it turned out to be a hardcore extremist marxist propaganda. The author is clearly not an academic and the arguements presented can be described as psuedo-intellectual at best.
Highly laudable as a critical overview of economic theory that is accessible for readers who are not trained in economics. Both history and theory are presented with some technical detail. Its critical perspective on many theories, and in particular the dominant 'neoclassical' paradigm, are intended to provoke thought and debate about conditions most human beings take for granted.