History of Economic Rationalities

Economic Reasoning as Knowledge and Practice Authority

  • Jakob Bek-Thomsen
  • Christian Olaf Christiansen
  • Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen
  • Mikkel Thorup

Part of the Ethical Economy book series (SEEP, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jakob Bek-Thomsen, Christian Olaf Christiansen, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen, Mikkel Thorup
    Pages 1-12
  3. Campbell Jones
    Pages 51-62
  4. Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen, Thomas Palmelund Johansen
    Pages 81-93
  5. Mark Bevir
    Pages 103-111

About this book


This book concentrates upon how economic rationalities have been embedded into particular historical practices, cultures, and moral systems. Through multiple case-studies, situated in different historical contexts of the modern West, the book shows that the development of economic rationalities takes place in the meeting with other regimes of thought, values, and moral discourses. 
The book offers new and refreshing insights, ranging from the development of early economic thinking to economic aspects and concepts in the works of classical thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Karl Marx, to the role of economic reasoning in contemporary policies of art and health care. With economic rationalities as the read thread, the reader is offered a unique chance of historical self-awareness and recollection of how economic rationality became the powerful ideological and moral force that it is today.


Cultural history of economic rationality International to global health History of economic thought Intellectual history Ethical economy Thomas Hobbes John Locke Karl Marx Western Economic Rationality Renaissance Neoplatonism Political Economy Modern Economic Reasoning Financial Reasoning Merchants and Bankers

Editors and affiliations

  • Jakob Bek-Thomsen
    • 1
  • Christian Olaf Christiansen
    • 2
  • Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen
    • 3
  • Mikkel Thorup
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Management, Politics and PhilosophyCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  3. 3.Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  4. 4.Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52814-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52815-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-2707
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-2723
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