History of economic analysis as analysis of historic economics

Rodolphe dos Santos Ferreira*

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The paper aims to make a claim for a retrospective approach to history of economic analysis. While not denying that a contextualised methodology might be useful, or maybe even imperative in some cases, the history of economic analysis we favour should consist in the inquiry of 'historic' (i.e., ancient) concepts and theories from a contemporary point of view. This implies that our discipline is viewed as more fruitful when practised 'by' and 'for' contemporary scholars at the frontier of economics. Our plea for a 'recurrent' history of economic analysis ensues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalHistory of Economic Ideas
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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