In this entry, we would like to show that Robert Heilbroner was not only the author of the famous best seller, The Worldly Philosophers, first published in 1953. Actually, he was an active and innovative scholar investigating many subjects, from development to finance, learning constantly on Marx, Keynes, or Schumpeter, and crossing boundaries between many social sciences. However the very core of his project remains a general inquiry on the nature and evolution of capitalism. He could be considered as a late representative of institutionalism and a brother in arm of economists like John Kenneth Galbraith, Gunnar Myrdal, or Allan Gruchy. It is in the context of this general inquiry on capitalism that Heilbroner presented his main contributions to law and economics.
- Heilbroner R (1953) The worldly philosophers. The lives, times, and ideas of the great economic thinkers, 7th edn. Touchstone, New York. 1999Google Scholar
- Heilbroner R (1985) The nature and logic of capitalism. W. W. Norton, New York/LondonGoogle Scholar
- Heilbroner R (1988) Behind the veil of economics. Essays in the worldly philosophy. W. W. Norton, New York/LondonGoogle Scholar
- Heilbroner R (1993a) 21st century capitalism. W. W. Norton, New York/LondonGoogle Scholar
- Heilbroner (1998) The “disappearence” of capitalism. World Policy J 15(2):1–7Google Scholar