Origins of political economy

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Our modern observation-based approaches to the study of the human condition were shaped by the Scottish Enlightenment. Political Economy emerged as a discipline of its own in the nineteenth century, then fragmented further around the dawn of the twentieth century. Today, we see Political Economy's pieces being reassembled and reunited with their philosophical roots. This issue pauses to reflect on the history of this new but also old field of study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Philosophy and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Adam Smith
  • Confirmation bias
  • David Hume
  • Henry Sidgwick
  • Homo economicus
  • Moral Science
  • Scottish Enlightenment
  • Self-interest
  • Social animal
  • Testability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • General Social Sciences


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