© 1989

Principia Economica


Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLA, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Georges Bernard
    Pages 1-9
  3. Georges Bernard
    Pages 10-16
  4. Georges Bernard
    Pages 17-25
  5. Georges Bernard
    Pages 26-35
  6. Georges Bernard
    Pages 44-60
  7. Georges Bernard
    Pages 61-67
  8. Georges Bernard
    Pages 68-89
  9. Georges Bernard
    Pages 90-99
  10. Georges Bernard
    Pages 100-110
  11. Georges Bernard
    Pages 111-134
  12. Georges Bernard
    Pages 135-152
  13. Georges Bernard
    Pages 153-174
  14. Georges Bernard
    Pages 175-203
  15. Georges Bernard
    Pages 204-207
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 208-214

About this book


It has already been said, if not written, that progress in knowledge in any domain consists mainly of expressing things that are well known in a different and, if possible, new way. That is the purpose of this book. In his solitary effort an author is entirely and solely responsible for what he writes, including any mistakes or errors in the text. This is the case here as this book is not a result of a pluridisciplinary effort. It seems to the author that while reflection can be and sometimes is fruitful in a team, the task of bringing to light new ideas or to shed new light on old ones is mostly a solitary exercise. There are many illustrious examples to which, of course, the author does not compare himself: Quesnay, Rousseau, A. Smith, D. Ricardo, Fourier, Walras, Keynes, Freud and many others. The text contains many analogies between economics and phys­ ics. This last 'exact' science has adopted two paradigms in this century: disequilibria are essential and normal states; the dynamics of events, the temporal evolution of states, is the explanation of Nature. One could also add a third, the fundamental principles of uncertainty and randomness. The deterministic models that were current at the end of the last century were, on the contrary, attached to states of equilibrium and were invariant with respect to time as they assumed perfect causa­ lity, i.e. a perfect knowledge of the future.


Distribution Inflation Investment agents economics economy microeconomics production

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.C.N.R.S.ParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Principia Economica
  • Authors G. Bernard
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0186-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6910-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-0935-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 232
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economics, general
    Business and Management, general
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