Veblen in Plain English: A Complete Introduction to Thorstein Veblen's Economics
Cambria, 2006 - 144 páginas
This comprehensive introduction to Thorstein Veblen's economics, written by distinguished economist Dr. Ken McCormick, is intended for the student and the non-specialist. A complete interpretation of Veblen's work is presented and includes an analysis of instincts and institutions, technology, social and institutional change, and capital and business enterprise. In addition, consumer behavior, conspicuous leisure, status-driven consumption and its implications are also discussed in detail. The work also includes a Foreword by Dr. Rick Tilman, a noted Veblen scholar.
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According to Marx , human behavior must inevitably change as well because
external conditions determine how people think . As Marx famously put it , “ It is
not the consciousness of men that determines their existence , but , on the
Our instincts direct our behavior in that they provide goals for our actions . We
use our reason to help us figure out how to meet these goals , but reason is
subservient to our instincts . As Veblen put it , “ Men make thought , but the
human spirit ...
Human instincts continue to evolve , but the process is slow , perhaps too slow to
matter for any period of time short of many centuries . As a result , Veblen sees
instincts as more or less constant for the purpose of examining the economy .
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This is a wonderful book! It reads very well gives you the basic outline for different topics that Veblen wrote on. Each topic will cover material from anything he wrote, not just looking at the theory of leisure class or the theory of the business enterprise in isolated. This book is especially import since Veblen's own way to right things can be very confusing, but McCormick makes Veblen easy to understand.
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