The Vanity of the Economist: A Comment on Peart and Levy's 'the Vanity of the Philosopher'

12 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2006

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Kevin D. Hoover

Duke University - Departments of Economics and Philosophy

Date Written: September 22, 2006

Abstract

In 'The Vanity of the Philosophers,' David Levy and Sandra Peart reconsider "post-classical" economics from the vantage point of Adam Smith's "analytical" egalitarianism. Analytical egalitarianism is assumed, not proved; and Levy and Peart's criticisms of many 19th- and early 20th-century economists, as well as eugenics in general, depend on equivocating between analytical and substantive egalitarianism. They fail to provide a non-question-begging critique of eugenics.

Keywords: David Levy, Sandra Peart, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Carlyle, eugenics, racism, egalitarianism, hierarchy, classical economics, post-classical economics

JEL Classification: B12, B13

Suggested Citation

Hoover, Kevin D., The Vanity of the Economist: A Comment on Peart and Levy's 'the Vanity of the Philosopher' (September 22, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=932584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.932584

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