Dec 25, 2012

The Gift of Books

Merry Christmas to all! 

You probably have received books as gifts in the past and some of them are forgotten in the bookshelf. If you give them a chance you might be pleasantly surprised with their stories, as I have been. 

Last week I went back to some of my own forgotten books. This one has been pure joy:

Commerce and Government Considered in Their Mutual Relationship, by Étienne Bonnot, Abbe de Candillac (2008).

This book is about the French philosopher Abbe de Candillac (1715 -1780) and his economic analysis. It describes his ideas on economics in general, including topics such as the factors that promote prosperity. He was writing in the 1770s and he even anticipated Adams Smith in certain topics such as the importance of free trade for economic prosperity. He also talked about what determines the value of things (the importance of utility and scarcity) approximately a century before the marginalist revolution. There are many other topics. For Candillac it was important to find a proper language of economics, the consistency of which would determine its success as a science.   

Thanks to Gis who gave me that book. 

What books are waiting for you in the shelf?

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