Re: [OPE] Sex, Lies, and Economics: The Amazing Story of Economics and Economists Before Adam Smith

From: Michael Perelman <>
Date: Wed Feb 17 2010 - 23:14:40 EST

Roy's reading correct. They did not have theoretical preconditions,
although their writings were intended to defend themselves from
retributions for their often illegal activities.

On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 09:20:28PM -0500, Gerald Levy wrote:
> >Like the classics for whom they provided an analytical basis, and
> >unlike the later marginalists, these pioneers
> >sought to understand the world around them, rather than to fit it
> >into a preconceived conceptual framework.
> Hi Roy:
> I don't know about that: I think that political economists prior to
> Smith also had preconceived
> conceptual frameworks - in their case, based on their world outlook,
> philosophy, and theology.
> These were also informed by their class membership and identity
> -note how their conceptual
> framework generally dovetailed rather nicely with class interests.
> In solidarity, Jerry
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