The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Peter, Hans (1898–1959)

  • H. C. Recktenwald
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After initial studies at Tübingen in theology, mathematics and philosophy, and later on in economics, Peter became Lectúrer (Privatdozent) in economics and statistics at the University of Tübingen. The Nazi regime denied him a chair because his thorough but critical analysis of Marx’s and Ricardo’s theories was considered to show dependence on Jewish thinking. Peter courageously defended his intellectual and ethical position as a scientist in an open letter to the Finanz-Archiv, a valuable document of this dark period of German history. It was not until 1947 that he obtained a full professorship in Tübingen, where he died in 1959.

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  1. Recktenwald, H.C. 1985. Ordnungstheorie und ökonomische Wissenschaft. Erlangen: Universitätsbund.Google Scholar

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  • H. C. Recktenwald
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