Essays in European Economic Thought

Essays in European Economic Thought

Essays in European Economic Thought

Essays in European Economic Thought

Excerpt

The present volume in the William Volker Fund Series in the Humane Studies brings together for the first time in English translation some of the most brilliant essays in economics written in Europe in the past decade.

In the hope of furthering among the English-reading public a familiarity with the ideas of some of the modern masters of economics, the sponsors of this project have culled from the vast assortment of books and periodical articles that have appeared in this field in German, French, and Italian in the last three-quarters of a century the seven papers that comprise this collection. Each one of the authors represented here ranks among the most distinguished economists of his age, and each of these selections may truly be considered as one of the gems of postclassical economic thought. Some have been excerpted from larger works of which they formed a section or a preface, while others were originally conceived and written as independent articles, but all are complete in themselves. They are as various in the range of their subjects as they are in the style of their presentation. Taken together, they constitute a unique collection of important contributions to economic thought that have lasting merit and deserve to be made known in wider circles than they could reach in the languages in which they were originally written.

It remains only to add that the translations provided by Dr. Louise Sommer faithfully reflect the clarity, precision, and elegance characteristic of each of the various authors' writing, and her scholarly notes should prove helpful in elucidating a number of points that the reader might otherwise have found obscure.

ARTHUR GODDARD

July, 1960 . . .

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