Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Review of Teachings from the Worldly Philosophy by Robert L. Heilbroner

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Economics
Intriguing Connections = Learning Economics: Basic to Advanced

Elaborate Description

This book is a compilation of extracts from various economic and related texts. Its purpose is to enable the reader to attempt to read the actual texts rather than read about someone’s interpretation of the texts. The book does succeed in getting the reading to engage with texts from popular economic books to those more obscure. Starting with extremely early references to exchange and profit, to the physiocrats, classical, marginalists, and finally twentieth century economists. Given that the passages come from foundational books, what the reader will recognize is their struggle to define the topics under discussion, expressing the difficulty of appropriate descriptions and meanings.

Heilbroner occasionally acts as a docent, placing the text into perspective. Considering the language differences between then and now, the book would have had more flow if the author acted as docent more often.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780393316070
Pages to read:   338
Publication:     1997
1st Edition:      1996
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability     3
Content           3
Overall           3