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Research into the Early History of Economic Thought

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Economic History | Economic Theory


This project resulted in drafts of two chapters to supplement The Evolution of Economic Thought, 8th edition, coauthored by Stanley Brue and Randy Grant. The first chapter focuses on the contributions of enlightenment philosophers such as Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, to the development of economic theory and methodology. The second chapter details the contributions of Medieval Arab-Islamic scholars to the development of modern economic thought. These chapters expand book coverage, particularly with regard to the early history of economic thought, a relatively neglected area in most history of economic thought courses. Specifically, they illuminate for students the important contributions of pre-Classical intellectuals to the overall development of economic ideas. The chapter on Medieval Arab-Islamic scholars expands student exposure beyond the traditional western-based treatment of the field.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2013, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Student collaborators were Bryanna Dixon and Mattie Wong.

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