ISBN: 195656997 Publisher:Oxford University Press Book Format: Hard Bound Language: English Physical Description: 360pages Year of Publication: 2001
Lionel RobbinsÆ now famous lectures on the history of economic thought comprise one of the greatest accounts since World War II of the evolution of economic ideas. This volume is a compilation of the lectures delivered at the London School of Economics between 1979 and 1981, tape-recorded by his grandson. Robbins is one of the foremost scholars of economic ideas. The lectures display his mastery of the intellectual history of economics, his infectious enthusiasm for the subject, and his eloquence and incisive wit. They cover a broad chronological range, beginning with Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas, focusing extensively on Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus and the classicals, and finishing with a discussion of moderns and marginalists from Karl Marx to Alfred Marshall. Robbins takes a varied and inclusive approach to intellectual history. As he says in his first lecture, æI shall go my own sweet wayùsometimes talk about doctrine, sometimes talk about persons, sometimes talk about periodsÆ. The lectures are united by RobbinsÆ conviction that it is impossible to understand contemporary institutions and social sciences without understanding the ideas behind their development. Authoritative yet accessible, combining the immediacy of the spoken word with RobbinsÆ exceptional talent for clear, well-organized exposition, this volume will be welcomed by those interested in the intellectual origins of the modern world.