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The Natural Origins of Economics

Margaret Schabas


References to the economy are ubiquitous in modern life, and virtually every facet of human activity has capitulated to market mechanisms. In the early modern period, however, there was no common perception of the economy, and discourses on money, trade, and commerce treated economic phenomena as properties of physical nature. Only in the early nineteenth century did economists begin to posit and identify the economy as a distinct object, divorcing it from natural processes and attaching it exclusively to human laws and agency. This book traces the emergence and transformation of economics in ... More

Keywords: economy, market mechanisms, early modern period, money, trade, commerce, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226735696
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226735719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Schabas, author