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The Economy of the Word: Language, History, and Economics

Keith Tribe


This book elaborates an explicitly philological approach to the history of economic thought. Beginning with an account of the transformation in the concept of ‘economy’ from antiquity to modernity, it presents readings of the writings of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Léon Walras which seek to demonstrate what can be achieved by an attention to the construction of text, concept, and number. A concluding chapter discusses the sources for the approach taken, and explains the reasons for so doing. Each chapter presents a distinct perspective on particular texts, or bodies of writing. In the case of A ... More

Keywords: history of economic thought, historiography, intellectual history, philology, history of the sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190211615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Tribe, author
, independent scholar and professional translator