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,” http://chesterton.org/gkc/Distributist/The%20Common%20Man.htm.
Collingwood, R. G. on mass-produced art.
Hayek, F. A., “The Use of Knowledge in Society,” http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/hykKnw1.html.
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.