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know, served up with a flourish" The New York Times. The New York Times Robert Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers is a living classic, both because he makes us see that the ideas of the great economists remain fresh and important for our times and because his own brilliant writing forces us to reach out into. Leonard SilkRobert Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers is a living classic, both because he makes us see that the ideas of the great economists remain fresh and important for our times and because his own brilliant writing forces us to reach out into the future. How are we to reconcile Heilbroner the intellectual historian with Heilbroner the contemporary critic? Who would think to look for Order and Design in a pauper family and aspeculator breathlessly awaiting ruin, or seek Consistent Laws and Principles in a mobmarching in a street and a greengrocer smiling at his customers? It is ideological almost by definition. John Kenneth Galbraith If ever a book answered a crying need, this one does. These two strands of Heilbroners writings are closely connected. It is in appreciation of what Heilbroner identified as the deep human need to be situated with respect to the future that we have named the Center of Capitalism Studies after Heilbroner. For all its lightness of style, the goal. Target Audience, group, trade, classification Method, lCCN.
Paul SamuelsonSinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith inspired several readers to become Nobel laureates in biology. But this was much less important than the fact that these thinkers were deeply engaged with problems of capitalism in their day. John Kenneth Galbraith, if ever a book answered a crying need, this one does. The New York Review of Books placed him at the forefront of public intellectual life. An oddfact: Man had struggled with the economic problem since long before the time of thePharaohs, and in these centuries he had produced philosophers by the score, scientists. It is not, perhaps, the most elegant kind of philosophy, but there is no more intriguing or moreimportant one. At the same time, Heilbroners deep concern with the prospects for late twentieth century capitalist societies provided the lens through which he interpreted the history of economic thought. When the economists were done, what had been only a humdrum or a chaotic world, became an ordered society with a meaningful life history of its is this search for the order and meaning of social history that lies at the heart of economics. Capitalism Studies thus reaches for a more ambitious goal than simply the application of interdisciplinarity to our training in economics. We will meet not only pedagogues on our way, but many paupers, many speculators, both ruined andtriumphant, many mobs, even here and there a grocer.