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William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics
The Victorian polymath William Stanley Jevons (1835–82) is generally and rightly venerated as one of the great innovators of economic theory and method in what came to be known as the 'marginalist
Letts Calculate: Moral Accounting in the Victorian Period
This essay examines the importance of an accounting culture for the rise of marginalism in Victorian England. I trace the use of accounting tools in family and private life to fend off uncertainties
True Grid: Three Case Studies of Moral Accounting
  • H. Maas
  • History
    East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An…
  • 1 June 2020
TLDR
Examination and compares three grids that were designed to serve explicit moral accounting goals: the calculation and improvement of character, which represent generic methods of producing knowledge about an individual’s (moral) character, knowledge on which the users of these tables could act.
DISCIPLINING BOUNDARIES: LIONEL ROBBINS, MAX WEBER, AND THE BORDERLANDS OF ECONOMICS, HISTORY, AND PSYCHOLOGY
  • H. Maas
  • Economics
    Journal of the History of Economic Thought
  • 1 December 2009
In the preface to the second edition of his famous Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science, Lionel Robbins briefly responded to a lengthy attack from Professor Souter of Columbia
The Romantic Economist: Imagination in Economics, Richard Bronk. Cambridge University Press, 2009. xviii + 382 pages
  • H. Maas
  • Economics
    Economics and Philosophy
  • 1 July 2010
not possible for each of us to have our wants satisfied while each of us also does what she finds intrinsically motivating only. A gift-exchange society requires also the reciprocity of market
Where Mechanism Ends: Thomas Reid on the Moral and the Animal Oeconomy
Theories of life have consequences for how the social order is conceptualized. I pursue this theme in the work of the Aberdeen philosopher of mind Thomas Reid (1710–96), or more accurately, in his
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