The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences

The Beginnings of Political Economy

Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi

Editors: Backhaus, Jürgen Georg (Ed.)

  • Biography of Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi
  • Focuses on both his personal life and economic philosophy, and how one gave rise to the other
  • Underlines the development of economics as a separate science
  • Ten authors document Justi's thoughts on a range of issues including moral and health economics, taxation, and the good society
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This volume contains eleven essays on Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi's concepts of the modern economy. These essays reflect both Justi's life and professional work, focusing on his ideas on economics and social sciences. Interesting are the aspects of his biography that gave rise to the development of his economic thought. Apart from Justi's personal background, this book contains the beginning of modern economics because Justi's philosophy was linked to government, labour, morality, health and finally the good society.

Justi, throughout his life, had a dual career of being on the one hand a prolific writer and educator, on the other hand an administrator in the core state business of mining, then an important revenue source, and he typically combined the two. He gave two inaugural lectures in 1750 in front of Queen and Empress Maria Theresia. The lecture on cameral sciences is truly the beginning of modern economics: Justi was of the opinion that the happiness of the state would be increased if the number of happy and healthy persons would increase. For this reason, health was a major focus of his attention long before the advent of health economics.

The main benefit the reader will derive from the book is an understanding of how economics developed as a separate science. Furthermore, they will see how Justi laid the foundation for policy sciences, the specialty of many schools of governement today.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • From Wolff to Justi

    Backhaus, Jürgen G.

    Pages 1-18

  • A Bibliography of J.H.G. von Justi

    Reinert, Erik S. (et al.)

    Pages 19-31

  • Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi - The Life and Times of an Economist Adventurer

    Reinert, Erik S.

    Pages 33-74

  • Justi and the Post-Montesquieu French Debate on Commercial Nobility in 1756

    Adam, Ulrich

    Pages 75-98

  • The International Aspects of Justi’s Work

    van Meerhaeghe, Marcel

    Pages 99-110

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eBook $149.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-3535-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Beginnings of Political Economy
Book Subtitle
Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi
Editors
  • Jürgen Georg Backhaus
Series Title
The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09779-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09779-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-09778-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3535-9
Series ISSN
1572-1744
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 196
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