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Bruce McFARLANE (born 1936) Bruce McFarlane was born in Mudgee (New South Wales). At school he read Marx’s Poverty of Philosophy and Engels’ Ludwig Feuerbach, both classic statements of the distinction between mechanical and dialectical materialism. At school and university he studied economic theory and the history of economic thought in order to understand the anatomy of civil society. In the 1950s, the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sydney offered courses, taught by J.R. Wilson and E.L. Wheelwright, which included the study of Marx, Sraffa, Kaldor, Kalecki and Lange. Attracted to the deep analysis of these writers, McFarlane attempted in later years, not only to expound them to new generations of students (1982b, Parts I and II, and 1985), but also to apply the major insights to Australian conditions (1968a, Chapters 4–8, and 1982a). In company with Professor P.D. Groenewegen of the University of Sydney, he has also written the ﬁrst comprehensive history of Australian economic thought since the offering of Crauford Goodwin, a visiting Canadian, almost 25 years ago (1990). Graduating with ﬁrst-class Honours in Economics, he failed to win the support of the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Professor S.J. Butlin, in obtaining the normal scholarship to pursue the further study of economics in Cambridge. Instead he got the support of the Yugoslav Department of Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, being appointed by its chief, Madame Regner, as ‘Oceanic Scholar’ for 1958. As a result, McFarlane was able to study techniques and analysis of...
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