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Inventing the MarketSmith, Hegel, and Political Theory$
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Lisa Herzog

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674176.001.0001

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Introduction: In Search of ‘The Market’

Introduction: In Search of ‘The Market’

(p.1) 1 Introduction: In Search of ‘The Market’
Inventing the Market

Lisa Herzog

Oxford University Press

The Introduction argues for the need to find an integrated approach for discussing the market and its meaning for society, which includes more dimensions that what mathematical economics focuses on. It argues that a comparison of Adam Smith’s and G.W.F. Hegel’s writing is a promising starting point for such an endeavour, because these two authors stand at the beginning of two important lines of thinking about the market, the classical liberal tradition and the tradition that reaches from the beginnings of sociology to modern communitarian thinking. Then, the methodology of the study is explained: a ‘post-Skinnerian’ approach that pays attention to the historical context of the authors under discussion, but also engages in a dialogue with their writings that explores their relevance for contemporary questions. Finally, an outline of the chapters to follow is provided.

Keywords:   Smith, Hegel, market, economics, liberalism, Quentin Skinner, methodology

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