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Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Economic Philosophy books.

1. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology (2015)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadThe only book on the market to include classical and contemporary readings from key authors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), this unique anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the central topics in this rapidly expanding field. Each chapter opens with an introduction that helps students understand the central arguments and key concepts in the readings. The selections encourage students to think about the extent to which the three disciplines offer complementary or contradictory ways of approaching the relevant issues. Philosophy, Politics,…
Author(s): Jonathan Anomaly , Geoffrey Brennan, et al.

2. Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy (2016)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadThis book shows through argument and numerous policy-related examples how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, how moral philosophy can benefit from economists’ analytical tools, and how economic analysis and moral philosophy together can inform public policy. Part I explores the idea of rationality and its connections to ethics, arguing that when they defend their formal model of rationality, most economists implicitly espouse contestable moral principles. Part II addresses the nature and measurement of welfare, utilitarianism and cost-benefit analysis. Part III…
Author(s): Daniel Hausman, Michael McPherson, et al.

3. Economics: The Basics (Mcgraw-hill/Irwin Series in Economics) (2011)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadMandel’s Economics: The Basics combines the traditional news values of immediacy and impact with a layer of educational explanation to provide a window into what’s happening in the current economy. Michael Mandel, the former Chief Economist for BusinessWeek magazine, now Chief Economist at Visible Economy LLC, writes in a journalistic style, drawing upon news articles and experience throughout the text to present economic concepts in a way that is understandable, relevant, and exciting for a broad audience. The 2nd edition’s core approach focuses on developing a student’s economic literacy without overwhelming and providing a window…
Author(s): Michael Mandel

4. The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and the Communist Manifesto (Great Books in Philosophy) (1988)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadCommunism as a political movement attained global importance after the Bolsheviks toppled the Russian Czar in 1917. After that time the works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, especially the influential Communist Manifesto (1848), enjoyed an international audience. The world was to learn a new political vocabulary peppered with “socialism,” “capitalism,” “the working class,” “the bourgeoisie,” “labor theory of value,” “alienation,” “economic determinism,” “dialectical materialism,” and “historical materialism.” Marx’s economic analysis of history has been a powerful legacy, the effects of which continue to be felt…
Author(s): Karl Marx , Fredrick Engels, et al.

5. Hunting Causes and Using Them: Approaches in Philosophy and Economics (2007)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadHunting Causes and Using Them argues that causation is not one thing, as commonly assumed, but many. There is a huge variety of causal relations, each with different characterizing features, different methods for discovery and different uses to which it can be put. In this collection of new and previously published essays, Nancy Cartwright provides a critical survey of philosophical and economic literature on causality, with a special focus on the currently fashionable Bayes-nets and invariance methods – and it exposes a huge gap in that literature. Almost every account treats either exclusively how to hunt…
Author(s): Nancy Cartwright

6. On Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Wadsworth Philosophical Topics) (2007)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadOn Philosophy, Politics and Economics is an introductory text covering the basics of instrumental rationality, utility theory, game theory, axiomatic social choice theory and public choice theory. It is ideally suited to introductory courses on political economy and ppe programs, as well as advanced undergraduate social and political philosophy courses. The presentation is non-mathematical. On Philosophy, Politics, and Economics does not presuppose background in economics, and so is ideal for non-economists interested in formal analyses of social and political interaction.THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES presents…
Author(s): Gerald Gaus

7. Microeconomics (Book Only) (Available Titles CourseMate) (2010)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadThis engaging text continues to set the standard for clear, balanced, and thorough coverage of the principles of economics. Packed with intriguing pop culture examples, the Tenth Edition is revised to include the most comprehensive coverage of the financial and economic crisis available in a principles of economics text. With new content reflecting a changing economy and new resources addressing the needs of a changing classroom, MICROECONOMICS, 10e is an ideal solution for principles courses. #1,116,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #17292…
Author(s): Roger A. Arnold

8. Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy (2006)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadThis 2006 book shows through accessible argument and numerous examples how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, how moral philosophy can benefit from economists’ analytical tools, and how economic analysis and moral philosophy together can inform public policy. Part I explores rationality and its connections to morality. It argues that in defending their model of rationality, mainstream economists implicitly espouse contestable moral principles. Part II concerns welfare, utilitarianism and standard welfare economics, while Part III considers important…
Author(s): Daniel M. Hausman

9. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics (Oxford Handbooks) (2017)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics is a cutting-edge reference work to philosophical issues in the practice of economics. It is motivated by the view that there is more to economics than general equilibrium theory, and that the philosophy of economics should reflect the diversity of activities and topics that currently occupy economists. Contributions in the Handbook are thus closely tied to ongoing theoretical and empirical concerns in economics. Contributors include both philosophers of science and economists. Chapters fall into three general categories: received views in philosophy of economics, ongoing controversies in…
Author(s): Harold Kincaid, Don Ross

10. Introducing a New Economics: Pluralist, Sustainable and Progressive (2015)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadStudents and lecturers worldwide increasingly reject the narrow curricula and lack of intellectual diversity that characterize mainstream economics. They demand that the real world should be brought back into the classroom in order to most effectively confront current crises. Introducing a New Economics is a groundbreaking textbook that heralds this revolution in the teaching of economics. With a firm commitment to theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary pluralism, the authors challenge the institutional education hegemony head on. This unique textbook…
Author(s): Jack Reardon, Molly Scott Cato , et al.

11. The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (2018)

 Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must ReadFrom Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, to Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes, to the top economic thought leaders of today, The Economics Book is the essential reference for students and anyone else with an interest in how economies work. Easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and thoroughly accessible text throw light on the applications of economics, making them relatable through everyday examples and concerns.Employing DK’s trademark visual approach, The Economics Book takes a frequently confusing subject and makes sense of it, clearly highlighting both…
Author(s): DK

Best Economic Philosophy Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some economic philosophy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Economic Philosophy

Author(s): Joan Robinson
ID: 2914395, Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2021 [1962], Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Reinventing Liberalism: The Politics, Philosophy And Economics Of Early Neoliberalism (1920-1947)

Author(s): Ola Innset
ID: 2464767, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Understanding the Connections between Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Politics, and Economics—Articles and Reviews, 2006–2019

Author(s): Michael Starks
ID: 2392375, Publisher: Reality Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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