Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
An Outline of the History of Economic Thought - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

An Outline of the History of Economic Thought

Ernesto Screpanti and Stefano Zamagni


Provides a comprehensive and analytical overview of the development of economic theory from its beginnings, at the end of the Middle Ages, up to contemporary contributions. Traditional theories are presented as living matter and modern theories as part of a historical process and not as established truths. In this way, the book avoids the dangerous dichotomy between the ‘pure’ historians of thought, who dedicate themselves exclusively to studying ‘facts’, and the ‘pure’ theorists, who are interested only in the evolution of the logical structure of theories. An unconventionally large amount of ... More

Keywords: classical economics, Keynesian revolution, mercantilism, neoclassical theory, neo‐Ricardian paradigm, new political economy, physiocracy, utilitarianism, value, theories of, welfare economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198774556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198774559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernesto Screpanti, author
University of Bologna
Author Webpage

Stefano Zamagni, author
University of Florence
Author Webpage