Any Suggestions?

OK, so I'm teaching a course called "The Great Transformation" at SUNY Purchase this spring, dealing with the rise of "capitalism," where that is taken to mean, roughly, "the economic structure of the West since the late 19th century."

Here's my current reading list. Any further suggestions?


Polanyi, Karl, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Times, Beacon Press Books.

Schumpeter, Joseph A., Can Capitalism Survive? Harperperennial.

Weber, Max, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Routledge.

Readings on Moodle (These will be excerpts put up on our online system called "Moodle.")

Aquinas on Usury

Aristotle on Merchants

Chesterton, G. K. “The Common Man,”

Collingwood, R. G. on mass-produced art.

Hayek, F. A., “The Use of Knowledge in Society,”

G. W. F. Hegel, from The Philosophy of Right.

Kirzner, Israel, “Finders Keepers,” from Discovery, Capitalism, and Distributive Justice.

MacIntyre, Alasdair, “” from After Virtue.

Oakeshott, Michael, “The Masses in Representative Democracy,” from Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays.

Smith, Adam from The Wealth of Nations.

Taylor, Charles, from The Sources of the Self.

Veblen, Thorstein, from The Theory of the Leisure Class.


  1. When you have everything worked out, could you post your syllabus online?

  2. Well there's no Murray Rothbard.

  3. Building on Weber there is Tawney's Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

  4. Phew! For a moment I thought you had a bunch of readings on the thinker Moodle whom I had never heard of.

  5. Sure thing, Cody.

    I'll get right on that, Jim.

    Qualityless Man, thanks, I'll look into that.

    Bob, you Moodle.

  6. Justin10:18 PM

    Seems tailor made for your course Gene:

    Capitalism and the Historians edited by FA Hayek with essays by Hayek, WH Hutt, Bertand de Jouvenal etc.


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