Denaturalizing the Economic Order

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:
Denaturalizing the Economic Order

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This chapter offers some evaluations of works about economics during the early neoclassical period. It describes how Darwinian biology shaped the content or even the broader context of early neoclassical economics and discusses the emergence of a new movement in the field of psychology during this period. This chapter also analyzes the works of some English economists including William Stanley Jevons, Francis Ysidro Edgeworth, Philip Henry Wicksteed, and Alfred Marshall and suggests that they brought about a significant rupture with the past in connection with the relation between economics and nature.

Keywords: economics; neoclassical period; Darwinian biology; English economists; William Stanley Jevons; Francis Ysidro Edgeworth; Philip Henry Wicksteed; Alfred Marshall; nature; psychology

Chapter.  7301 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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