Science and Ceremony

Science and Ceremony

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Clarence Edwin Ayres was the leading American institutionalist economist in the posta€“World War II era. His innovative theories concerning the causes and significance of technological change provided the philosophical framework for that school of economics called institutionalism. In his recognition that the critical economic issues of the future would be the realization of the full economic potential of industrial society and the development of the third world, he was at least twenty years ahead of his time. In addition, Ayres's influence as an economics teacher at the University of Texas at Austin went well beyond the discipline of economics to students of anthropology, psychology, philosophy, education, and even music and art. This book constitutes the first major appraisal of the work and influence of C. E. Ayres. The essays are written from a transatlantic as well as a national viewpoint and do not evince anyone ideological bias. As John Kenneth Galbraith says in his Foreword, the essays are not meant as a monument to Ayres; instead, they critique what he thought and did, showing qhis range of interests, his diligence, his originality of mind and method.q Contributions to the volume are qClarence Edwin Ayres: An Intellectual's Portraitq by editors William Breit and William Patton Culbertson, Jr.; qClarence Ayres's Place in the History of American Economics: An Interim Assessmentq by A. W. Coats; qC. E. Ayres on the Industrial Revolutionq by R. M. Hartwell; qClarence Ayres and the Roots of Economic Progressq by S. Herbert Frankel; qTechnology and the Price Systemq by W. W. Rostow; qLimits to Growth: Biospheric or Institutional?q by Joseph J. Spengler; qScience's Feet of Clayq by Gordon Tullock; qAyres's Views on Moral Relativismq by Alfred F. Chalk; qMethods and Morals in Economics: The Ayres-Knight Discussionq by James M. Buchanan; q Clarence Ayres's Economics and Sociologyq by Talcott Parsons; and qClarence E. Ayres as a University Teacherq by Marion J. Levy, Jr.R.M.Hartwell, a€œThe Causes of the Industrial Revolution: AnEssay on Methodology , a€ Economic History Review, 2nd ... mass of industrial revolution literature that had appeared in England between, say, 1918 and1952 (see, for example, the essayanbsp;...

Title:Science and Ceremony
Author:William Breit, William Patton Culbertson, Jr.
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2014-06-23


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