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The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences

Samuel Pufendorf and the Emergence of Economics as a Social Science

Editors: Backhaus, Jürgen, Chaloupek, Günther, Frambach, Hans A. (Eds.)

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  • Discusses Samuel Pufendorf's contributions to the emergence of economics as a social science
  • Examines Pufendorf’s influence on other authors of the Enlightenment, such as Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Spinoza
  • Analyzes Pufendorf’s anticipations of elements of modern economic theory and impact on the history of economic thought
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This book discusses Samuel Pufendorf and his contributions to the development of the European Enlightenment and the emergence of economics as a social science. Born in 1632 in Saxony, Pufendorf wrote widely on natural law, ethics, jurisprudence, and political economy and was one of the most important figures in early-modern political thought. Although his work fits within the intellectual framework of natural jurisprudence, there is an argument to be made that his ideas promoted the development of economics as a distinct discipline within the social sciences.

Written by participants in the 34th Heilbronn Symposion in Economics and the Social Sciences, the contributions to this volume give an overview of Pufendorf’s influence on other authors of the Enlightenment, such as Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau, as well as addressing the theoretical implications of his extensive writings. Further chapters place a special focus on Pufendorf’s discussion of economic matters, such as property rights theory, price theory, taxation, and preferences and decision-making. The book concludes with analyzing Pufendorf’s influence on Adam Smith, his anticipations of elements of modern economic theory, and his impact on the history of economic thought. Providing a fresh look at one of the foundational scholars of social science, this volume will be of interest to researchers and students of the history of economic thought, political economy, economic history, and political philosophy.

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Jürgen G. Backhaus is emeritus Professor of Public Finance and Fiscal Sociology at Erfurt University, Germany. He is the founding editor of the book series European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences as well as the European Journal of Law and Economics.

Günther Chaloupek is former director of the economic research department of the Austrian Chamber of Labour and co-editor of European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences. He has a Dr. jur from University of Vienna (Austria) and MA in economics from University of Kansas (US).

Hans Frambach is Professor of Microeconomics and the History of Economic Thought at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Germany. He is co-editor of European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Samuel Pufendorf and the Emergence of Economics as a Social Science
Editors
  • Jürgen Backhaus
  • Günther Chaloupek
  • Hans A. Frambach
Series Title
The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49791-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49791-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49790-3
Series ISSN
1572-1744
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 212
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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