Teaching the History of Economic Thought
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Teaching the History of Economic Thought

Integrating Historical Perspectives into Modern Economics

Edited by Daniela Tavasci and Luigi Ventimiglia

Stemming from the idea that economics is a social science that tends to forget its own history, this refreshing book reflects on the role of teaching with historical perspectives. It offers novel ways of integrating the history of economics into the curriculum, both in history of economic thought modules and in other sub-disciplines. Coming from a wide diversity of experiences, the chapters share the idea that studying the history of thought exposes students to pluralism and is therefore an essential pedagogical tool.
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Chapter 5: Eleven theses on political economy and ‘rethinking economics’: The role of the history of economic thought in the ‘Italian tradition’

Riccardo Bellofiore


The ‘theses’ published in this chapter were written for the first time 15 years ago, then rewritten more than a decade ago as an intervention in a round table: some updating has been done for the present publication. They have had a long gestation: in fact, the maturation of the theses covers the author’s entire life in the university, first as a student and then as a teacher.

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