Sylvia Nasar's Grand Pursuit: A Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Lecture

Nov 04, 2011
5:00pm6:30pm

As part of the commemoration and celebration of the life and work of Professor Don Lavoie, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to the Workshop in Politics Philosophy and Economics lecture by Professor Sylvia Nasar. During this lecture, Professor Nasar will discuss her new book, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius.

The book takes the reader on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It's the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in fate. From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keynes's disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman, and India's Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, she shows how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the world—from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire planet.

A recent video offers an illustrated annotation and discussion of the ideas presented in Grand Pursuit.