L Dumont, 'From Mandeville to Marx' [Book Review]

Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali 89 (2):743-748 (1980)
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Alongside the aspects of interest in the history of ideas in general, this text is of great interest to the economist and the philosopher of economics. The parts on Smith and Marx are a demonstration of how it is possible to make a history of scientific thought that explains the incongruities of the history of thought in front of which Schumpeter stops: these incongruities cease to be mysterious, and indeed they acquire full meaning if we accept the idea of considering in scientific texts not only what is said explicitly, i.e. the analytical instruments, but also the unsaid, i.e. the unspoken assumptions, traditions and ideology.

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Sergio Volodia Marcello Cremaschi
University of Málaga


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