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These lectures, delivered at the London School of Economics between 1979 and 1981 and tape-recorded by Robbins's grandson, display his mastery of the intellectual history of economics and his enthusiasm for the subject. 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 Marx to Alfred Marshall. Robbins takes a varied and inclusive approach to intellectural history and the lectures are united by his conviction that it is impossible to understand adequately contemporary institutions and social sciences without understanding the ideas behind their development.
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages : 408
Publication date : 2001-01-01