The Wealth of Ideas, first published in 2005, traces the history of economic thought, from its prehistory (the Bible, Classical antiquity) to the present day. In this eloquently written, scientifically rigorous and well documented book, chapters on William Petty, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, William Stanley Jevons, Carl Menger, Leon Walras, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Joseph Schumpeter and Piero Sraffa alternate with chapters on other important figures and on debates of the period. Economic thought is seen as developing between two opposite poles: a subjective one, based on the ideas of scarcity and utility, and an objective one based on the notions of physical costs and surplus. Professor Roncaglia focuses on the different views of the economy and society and on their evolution over time and critically evaluates the foundations of the scarcity-utility approach in comparison with the Classical/Keynesian approach.
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Author Biography - Alessandro Roncaglia
Alessandro Roncaglia is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economic Sciences, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and editor of BNL Quarterly Review and Moneta e Credito. His numerous publications include Piero Sraffa: His life, thought and cultural heritage (2000) and the Italian edition of this book, La ricchezza delle idee (2001) which received the 2003 Jerome Adolphe Blanqui Award from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.