William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics

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August 2016



This book examines William Stanley Jevons's role in revolutionizing nineteenth-century economics.


1. The prying eyes of the natural scientist; 2. William Stanley Jevons: Victorian polymath; 3. The black arts of induction; 4. Mimetic experiments; 5. Engines of discovery; 6. The machinery of the mind; 7. The private laboratory of the mind; 8. The laws of human enjoyment; 9. Timing history; 10. Balancing acts; 11. The image of economics.


Harro Maas is lecturer in History and Methodology of Economics at the University of Amsterdam. He is an associate researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. Dr Maas's research has been published in the History of Political Economy, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and the Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines.


"...a fascinating addition to those recent studies that ground the history of political economy and its methods in a cultural context infused with the complexities of Victorian scientific endeavor. More generally, this complex case study illustrates the vehement contests played out when methods borrowed from the sphere of the natural sciences have been applied to that of the moral sciences." -Ben Marsden "Maas is well versed in the literature and humanists can learn much from his book about the history of British economic thought and its ties to Victorian science from this fascinating and logically organized study of Jevon's 'mechanical reasoning.'" -Gerald M. Koot, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, American Historical Review
EAN: 9780521827126
ISBN: 0521827124
Untertitel: 'Historical Perspectives on Mod'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2016
Seitenanzahl: 330 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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