Chapter

Before “the Economy”

Margaret Schabas

in The Natural Origins of Economics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780226735696
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226735719 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226735719.003.0001
Before “the Economy”

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This chapter discusses the natural origins of economics and proposes the thesis of the denaturalization of the economic order. It evaluates the claims of leading classical economists in relation to the scientific ideas and practices of their time and discusses the observations of historical inquiries that often disclose a fair degree of autonomy between economic theorizing and the economic conditions experienced by the theorist. This chapter argues that the claim that the concept of an economy is effectively a post-Enlightenment one can be found Michel Foucault'sThe Order of Things.

Keywords: economics; denaturalization; economic order; scientific ideas; economic theorizing; economic conditions; Michel Foucault; The Order of Things

Chapter.  9484 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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