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Literature & the economics of liberty : spontaneous order in culture

Author: Paul A Cantor; Stephen D Cox; Ludwig Von Mises Institute.
Publisher: Auburn, Ala. : Ludwig von Mises Institute, [2009] ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book applies criticism (and a theory of criticism) from a pro-market point of view. This book pursues economic interpretations of literature while respecting the freedom and creativity of authors, drawing upon the Austrian School of economics that places freedom and creativity at the center of its understanding of human action. Austrian economists such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek deny that human  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul A Cantor; Stephen D Cox; Ludwig Von Mises Institute.
ISBN: 9781933550640 1933550643
OCLC Number: 639288551
Description: xviii, 510 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The poetics of spontaneous order : Austrian economics and literary criticism / Paul A. Cantor --
Cervantes and economic theory / Darío Fernández-Morera --
In defense of the marketplace : spontaneous order in Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" / Paul A. Cantor --
Shelley's radicalism : the poet as economist / Paul A. Cantor --
Capitalist vistas : Walt Whitman and spontaneous order / Thomas Peyser --
The invisible man and the invisible hand : H.G. Wells's critique of capitalism / Paul A. Cantor --
Cather's capitalism / Stephen Cox --
Conrad's praxeology / Stephen Cox --
Hyperinflation and hyperreality : Mann's "Disorder and Early Sorrow" / Paul A. Cantor --
The capitalist road : the riddle of the market from Karl Marx to Ben Okri / Chandran Kukathas.
Other Titles: Literature and the economics of liberty
Spontaneous order in culture
Responsibility: edited by Paul A. Cantor & Stephen Cox.

Abstract:

This book applies criticism (and a theory of criticism) from a pro-market point of view. This book pursues economic interpretations of literature while respecting the freedom and creativity of authors, drawing upon the Austrian School of economics that places freedom and creativity at the center of its understanding of human action. Austrian economists such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek deny that human behavior is predictable, not just in practice, but more fundamentally in theory. They view the realm of economics as radically uncertain, and understand economic activity as "creative destruction," a never-ending process of making and unmaking modes of production that is the mirror image of artistic activity. The book further argues that literature is one of the most powerful reflections of humanity's freedom, spontaneity, and creativity. Great works of literature buck the trend and break the mold. No one, not even their authors, can predict where they will come from or what form they will take. They may at first appear chaotic because they violate established literary norms, and only time and greater familiarity reveals the inner logic of their form. Perpetually open-ended in its formal possibilities, literature often celebrates the open-ended nature of human life in general.

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