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History of Economic Thought: A Critical Perspective

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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.
Paperback, 579 pages
Published March 2011 by Routledge (first published 1975)
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Tuncer Şengöz
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
İktisadi Düşünce Tarihi ile ilgili şimdiye kadar okuduğum en iyi ve en kapsamlı kitap.Bir seneyi aşkın bir süre boyunca başucu kitabım oldu. Dönüp dönüp baştan okudum. Tekrar okuyacağım.
Dylan Miller
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
*something something, rumbling nonsense* "This author is incoherent, while I, E.K. Hunt, know the truth."
Nothing to add about this book. Insanely flawed when it comes to the history of thought in general (philosophy, for example) and a sense that being critical and simply throwing basic misconceptions, as some sort of enlightment, are different things. Also, historical sections sounded like a wikipedia copypaste.

Chapters on Mill and Smith are so bad it hurts to read.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: economics
Used this book as a textbook for my History of Economic Thought class at Northeastern University. Overall, the book did have good scholarship and presented a thorough look at different strains of thought in economic history. Hunt and Lautzenheiser did a good job at explaining the nature of different strains of economic thought and what role they played in the progression of economics as a discipline.

However, this book and its analyses are so heavily biased that I can't exactly recommend this as
Michele Boldrin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it did not like it
I would say: junk. Ideological junk, almost amusing to peruse.

It is hard to describe the confusion, manipulation, ideological nonsense, plain brutal mistakes and so on that this book contains. It is the kind of text that inspire "debating rage", the desire to call the authors and say: let's debate public, what you wrote is so wrong that it cannot go without correction.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
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. ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
James Taylor
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics, college
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. ...more
Márcio Karsten
Apr 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy
Um livro escrito por um analista socialista, enviesado. Parei de ler no começo do quarto capítulo. Um lixo.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book skillfully discusses the history of economic thought from a much needed critical perspective. It acts as an overview of the most important economic theorists of capitalism, from the classical economists such as Smith, Ricardo, Malthus and Marx, to early and later neoclassical economists such as Jevons, Menger, Walras, Marshall, Clark and Samuelson, to early institutionalists such as Veblen, and others such as Keynes, and even Sraffa. However, the book (especially after the first 5 chap ...more
John  Mihelic
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I hear it told that the grad schools of economics in general don’t really focus on the history and development of the discipline. In conversation, I’ve come to understand this is in part because there’s no easy linear thread to take a student from basic thinking of economics to the full flourishing of the field now. As a former chemistry teacher for high school students, we taught the history of thought because what was possible in the past reflected the theories and technical abilities of probi ...more
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Waley He
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Obvious Marxian biases
Nov 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
verimsiz çeviri
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good overview of Economic thought development in a Capitalist Society
Phurpa Wangdi
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really want this book and want to go through this book
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do like the book, even though i support capitalism and its ideas, but a really great book especially for those who do not know anything about economic history in general
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