William Stanley Jevons and the Cutting Edge of Economics
Routledge – 2007 – 146 pages
The impressive young scholar Bert Mosselmans, analyzing the theory and policy of Jevons, a major figure in the field of the history of economics, has put together a volume with broad international appeal, particularly in Europe, North America and Japan, that offers a synthetic approach to Jevons’ economic theory, applied economics and economic policy.
Adopting a relativist approach to his subject, Mosselmans focuses on all aspects of Jevons’ theory, tying the different strands together where appropriate and discriminating where necessary. Examining the relation between theory and practise he situates Jevons within the history of economic thought and in relation to his logic, ethics, religion and aesthetics.
Ideal for scholars working in the fields of philosophy and history as well as economics, this ambitious and insightful work offers a comprehensive analysis of one of the founding fathers of modern economic thought, whose work marked a new chapter in its history, bridging the gap between classical and neo-classical economics.
1. Jevons and Economics: Biorgraphy and Overview 2. Jevons and the History of Economic Thought: Deconstructing the Canon 3. Jevons and Statistics: Adolphe Quetelet and the Average Man 4. Jevons and Logic: The Extent of Meaning 5. Jevons and Institutions: Briding the Gap between Theory and Practice 6. Jevons and Religion: Unitarianism and Evolutionism 7. Jevons and Music: Aping the Upper Class
Bert Mosselmans is an associate professor of Economics and Philosophy at Roosevelt Academy in Middleburg, The Netherlands. His main research interest is the economic thought, logic and philosophy of science of the 19th and early 20th century ands he has also taught courses in Brussels, Gent, Bristol and Utrecht.