The enthusiasm of David Ricardo

Walter, Ryan (2016) The enthusiasm of David Ricardo. Modern Intellectual History, 1-29. doi:10.1017/S1479244316000044

Author Walter, Ryan
Title The enthusiasm of David Ricardo
Journal name Modern Intellectual History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1479-2451
Publication date 2016-08
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1479244316000044
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Britons viewed speculative thinking as a primary cause of the French Revolution and the disorders that followed. In this context, Edmund Burke and others identified a form of enthusiasm that was theoretical, not religious, in nature, but which also corrupted reasoning to disastrous effect. This article investigates how this accusation was made against David Ricardo and his political economy, and the variable defences that he deployed. The result is to uncover the language that was used to appraise political economy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, along with the intellectual disciplines that were prescribed to protect economic reasoning from falling into fantasy.
Keyword David Ricardo
Political economy
Economic reasoning
Speculative thinking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 23 Mar 2016, 15:12:56 EST by Dr Ryan Walter on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies