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The 38 choices within the quantity contain entire texts of all of Veblen’s significant articles and publication stories from 1882 to 1914, plus key chapters from his books the speculation of the rest category (1899), the idea of industrial company (1904) and The intuition of craftsmanship (1914). those writings current a variety of Veblen’s most vital contributions, specifically with admire to the philosophical and mental foundations of economics, sociology, and different social sciences.
A thorougly accomplished quantity, this is often the single assortment to give Veblen’s writings in chronological order, in order that their improvement will be competently understood. the quantity is edited by way of a number one sociologist and a admired economist, who supply wide introductory essays which come with item-by-item commentaries that position every one choice in its intellectual-historical context and relating to next advancements in economics. It makes for a invaluable resource of reference either for college kids and researchers alike.
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The challenge of understanding, critically appraising, and properly appropriating Veblen’s ideas is ongoing, and the materials in this volume are presented to facilitate continuing inquiry into his work. Acknowledgments We gratefully acknowledge the encouragement of colleagues. We are also thankful for the generous help that we received from Elisabeth Anderson, Gregoire Mallard, and Carey Seal in translating the German, French, and Latin passages contained in these selections. Joshua Kaiser and Lila Strommer provided valuable technical assistance, for which we are also grateful.
377–78 [in this volume]) also emphasized that any rational appraisal of interests does not itself explain how people acquire their beliefs and seek particular objectives. Veblen (1907, p. 392 [in this volume]) also brought Darwinism into his critique: Under the Darwinian norm it must be held that men’s reasoning is largely controlled by other than logical, intellectual forces; that the conclusion reached by public or class opinion is as much, or more, a matter of sentiment than of logical inference; and that the sentiment which animates men, singly or collectively, is as much, or more, an outcome of habit and native propensity as of calculated material interest.
Veblen on methodological individualism and holism By both supporters and critics, Veblen is sometimes described as a methodological collectivist or holist (Dugger and Sherman 1994, p. 107). Some cite passages such as the following, where Veblen (1909c, p. 519 [in this volume]) wrote: Not only is the individual’s conduct hedged about and directed by his habitual relations to his fellows in the group, but these relations, being of an institutional character, vary as the institutional scheme varies.