Thinking about Capitalism : The Great Courses: Business & Economics

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jerry Z. Muller
  • Series: The Great Courses: Business & Economics
  • 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In these 36 engaging lectures, Professor Muller takes you deep inside the perspectives on this most important and pervasive force. You'll gain fresh insights that will strengthen your understanding of capitalism's rich history, its fascinating proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world.
These lectures take you beyond economic analysis to look at how some of the greatest intellects have thought about capitalism and its moral, political, and cultural ramifications. Covering capitalism from its 17th-century beginnings to today's era of globalization, Professor Muller explores some wide-ranging questions. What effect does capitalism have on personal development? What about the seemingly unending variety of consumer goods made possible by capitalism? Do the facts support our tendency to think about capitalism as the economic system practiced in "free" countries? Or can capitalism exist in a wide variety of political systems? These are just a few of the many provocative and absorbing questions and issues you'll untangle here.
By placing capitalism in its full societal context, these lectures will enhance your ability to consider, discuss, and answer these and other critical questions - whatever your point of view. Genial and disarming, Professor Muller connects the dots from idea to idea, thinker to thinker, and helps you finally grasp the history and the concepts of this vital economic system, as well as its importance on the global economic stage and in your own life.


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Deep look at Capitalistc thinking

Digs beneath the usually invoked capitalistic thinkers of Smith and Marx to other intellectuals over the years who have added to the dialogue of talking about Capitalism. The lectures also go beyond the economic and political impacts to discussions on the impact on family dynamics.
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- Sam Motes


If you could sum up Thinking about Capitalism in three words, what would they be?

Clear concise survey

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking about Capitalism?

Overview of Smith, Burke and Voltaire

What does Professor Jerry Z. Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Anticipation-- economics can be wearisome but the narration made it come alive

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

How poignant Marx and Marcuse can appear-- if you take them out of context.

Any additional comments?

I intend on listening to this lecture several times. I wish there was companion material

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- Nancy G.

Book Details

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