The Intellectual Foundations of Alfred Marshall's Economic Science

A Rounded Globe of Knowledge

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  • Pages : XVIII-331
  • Collection : Historical perspectives on modern economics
  • Support : Print
  • Format : 24 cm.
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Édition : Original
  • Ville : Cambridge; New York
  • ISBN : 9780521760089
  • URL : Lien externe
  • Date de création : 09-03-2014
  • Dernière mise à jour : 20-03-2015



This book provides a contextual study of the development of Alfred Marshall’s thinking during the early years of his apprenticeship in the Cambridge moral sciences. Marshall’s thought is situated in a crisis of academic liberal thinking that occurred in the late 1860s. His crisis of faith is shown to have formed part of his wider philosophical development, which saw him supplementing Anglican thought and mechanistic psychology with Hegel’s Philosophy of History. This philosophical background informed Marshall’s early reformulation of value theory and his subsequent wide-ranging reinterpretation of political economy as a whole. The book concludes with the suggestion that Marshall’s mature economic science was conceived by him as but one part of a wider, neo-Hegelian, social philosophy. – Table of contents: – Introduction. – Part I. The Contexts of Marshall's Intellectual Apprenticeship: 1. The state of long-term memories; 2. A liberal education. – Part II. Dualist Moral Science: 1867–1871: 3. Mental crisis; 4. The way of all flesh; 5. Political economy. – Part III. Neo-Hegelian political economy: 1872–3: 6. A philosophy of history; 7. Missing links: the education of the working classes; 8. Social philosophy and economic science. – Epilogue. 'A Rounded Globe of Knowledge'. M.-M.V.