Legacies of Great Economists : The Great Courses: Business & Economics

  • by The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
  • Narrated by Professor Timothy Taylor
  • Series: The Great Courses: Business & Economics
  • 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

When it comes to economics and economic theory, a few thinkers dominate the landscape.
Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, and a handful of others have shaped the world of economics and influenced our lives.
These 10 lectures acquaint you with the thoughts, theories, and lives of these great economists.
You'll grasp the guiding principles of economics through a better understanding of the economists who developed them. In this broad span of time since these thinkers first presented their ideas, economic issues and concerns have changed greatly - but core economic doctrine remains. These lectures provide a fresh take on how various economic theories were formed and how subsequent economists fine-tuned those theories. They show that there are valuable lessons to be learned from history's great economists, whether their theories have held up over time, required revision, or been discredited in practice. And as Professor Taylor leads you through those theories, you'll come away with insight about why some current disputes over economic policy have been continual sources of argument over the last several centuries. By providing a glimpse into the minds of the geniuses who laid the foundations of modern economics, Professor Taylor offers new ideas and perspectives to enhance your understanding of the subject. More than dull numbers and graphs, this series focuses on personalities and brings economics to life.

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Most Helpful

A fine basic survey: a home run for Prof. Taylor

This professor is passionate, obviously engaged with his subject, clear and accessible. This survey moves across many big books full of ideas pretty quickly, so naturally it does not get into the more abstract and technical fine points. But to readily get a good basic feel for these ideas and thinkers (and their writing, which is critiqued a bit, and explained in light of the prevalent ideas of their times), one couldn't start at a better place.
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- Phil O.

Everything I wanted and more

A very nuanced story and well narrated. I have learned a lot of things from this lecture.
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- simon björkman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses