Edited by Philip Arestis and Malcolm Sawyer
AMUELS (born 1933) I grew up, an only child, in the Bronx, New York City, and, after 12 years of age, in Miami Beach, Florida. My father and my mother’s parents had been immigrants from Lithuania and Germany respectively. In high school I beneﬁted from a strong academic programme, won essay contests and also engaged successfully in ﬁeld events on the track team. My undergraduate training was at the University of Miami (Florida) where I majored in economics, accounting and government, with a minor in philosophy. In addition to a course in the history of economic thought taught by a Marxist, the intermediate economic theory courses were taught from a history-of-thought perspective, and a course in institutional economics was taught jointly and effectively by an institutionalist and a neoclassicist. These courses created my interests in the history of economic thought and the professorial life. They also provided me with (i) an institutionalist orientation; (ii) a sense that the several schools of thought comprehend and interpret the economy from different perspectives, each imposing its own order on reality, each constituting its own mode of discourse or world view, which inter alia meant that my institutionalist orientation was kept in perspective; and (iii) an understanding that there were fundamental questions for human society, the solutions to which had to be worked out in the continuous reconstruction of economy, polity and society, and which could be studied abstractly though not conclusively from any particular point of view. My individualistic and eclectic predisposition,...
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