This course introduces students to the history of economic thought. It does not present the major theoretical traditions as milestones of a single scholarly endeavor, but as an ambiguous cumulation of socially embedded theoreticians and theories. The course does not develop an abstract (internalist) disciplinary history, but offers a glimpse into multiple down-to-earth (externalist) histories. The ideas, engagements, desires, hopes and fears of great thinkers offer a thick social layer which might provide a better understanding of their theories. Being more concerned about how these theoreticians perceived their own theories than how others interpreted them later helps to avoid making anachronistic accounts. By emphasizing the historical context and the interpretative flexibility of economic ideas, this course aims to develop social and cultural consciousness about theories.
This is a gamified course, which means that...
–Evaluation of student performance is at least partly gamified
–Feedback is frequent and being given in the classroom
–It offers various paths to complete the course or to get better grades
–It uses some kind of (digital) technology to foster both competition and cooperation in the classroom.
Please, do bring some device with internet connection with you to the class, if possible, in order to be able to play quizzes (optional quests) at the end of each class.
Bíró, G. I. 2019. The Economic Thought of Michael Polanyi, London: Routledge, 1-6th Chapters and Epilogue.
Buchholz, T. G. 2007. New Ideas From Dead Economists, Plume, 4-7th, 9th Chapters.
Burke, E. 1790. Reflections on the Revolution in France, London: James Dodsley.
Diamond, J. 2005. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed? Viking Press.
Ehrlich, P. R. 1968. The Population Bomb, Sierra Club/Ballantine Books.
Godwin, W. 1793. Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and its Influence on Morals and Happiness, London.
Jacobs, J. 1961. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, New York: Random House.
Keynes, J. M. 1919. The Economic Consequences of the Peace.
____ . 1936. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Malthus, T. R. 1798. An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society, with Remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and other Writers, London: J. Johnson.
____ . 1820. Principles of Political Economy Considered with a View to Their Applications, London: William Pickering.
Mandeville, B. 1705. The Grumbling Hive, or Knaves turn’d Honest.
____ . 1714. The Fable of The Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, London.
Mirowski, P. 1989. More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
____ . 2002. Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Nasar, S. 2011. Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.
Ricardo, D. 1817. On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, London: John Murray.
Roncaglia, A. 2017. A Brief History of Economic Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 94-215.
Smith, A. 1759. The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Edinburgh: Alexander Kincaid and J. Bell.
____ . 1776. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell.
Waring, M. 1988. If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics, Harper Collins.
The course can be completed by completing quests. Main quests are mandatory. Optional quests are not. However, good grades require a vast amount of points which can only be gathered by taking optional quests. There are various kinds of quests to adapt to diverse students. The quests are the following: