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Social Inequality, Analytical Egalitarianism, and the March Towards Eugenic Explanations in the Social Sciences

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300 pages
This book gathers together several essays by historians of economics who express varying reactions to the Peart-Levy thesis.
  • Contains several essays by historians of economics who express varying reactions to the thesis expressed in Professors Sandra J. Peart’s and David M. Levy’s book The ‘Vanity of the Philosopher’: From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-classical Economics
  • Explains the importance of 'analytic egalitarianism' in economics and the sad consequences of moving away from this approach
  • Provides reading that can complement reading lists in economics, the mathematics of gambling, and the political economy of the gaming industry
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Contents
I.. Editor’s Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
II. ON THE PEART AND LEVY THESIS Observations onThe “Vanity of the Philosopher”Charles R. McCann, Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The “Vanity of the Philosopher”: Analytical Egalitarianism, Associationist Psychology, and Eugenic Remaking?— Andrew Farrant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 In the Shadows ofVanity: Religion and the Debate Over Hierarchy—J. Daniel Hammond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Vanity of the Economist: A Comment on Peart and Levy’s The “Vanity of the Philosopher”Kevin D. Hoover. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Classical Equality: On the Content of Analytical Egalitarianism— Joseph Persky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Thinking About Analytical Egalitarianism—David M. Levy and Sandra J. Peart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
III. ANTHROPOSOCIOLOGY Social Anthropology in Economic Literature at the End of the th 19 Century: Eugenic and Racial Explanations of Inequality—Terenzio Maccabelli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135