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Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) -- Criticism and interpretation, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) -- Criticism and interpretation; Charles S. (Charles Sanders) Peirce (1839-1914) -- Criticism and interpretation; Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) -- Criticism and interpretation


This inquiry recognizes Thorstein Veblen first and foremost as a philosopher who advanced a literature in Social Sciences, generally, and Economic Science, in particular. Veblen’s thinking and writing were supported by rich traditions drawn from notable philosophers that included among several: Charles Sanders Peirce, Immanuel Kant, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Relying upon his strong background in Philosophy, he then sought to challenge mainstream, neoclassical economics, especially. As his career developed, he would turn his talents and energies towards advancing ideas that would ultimately prove foundational for heterodox economics and, relatedly, American Institutionalism.

Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes:
B15 – Historical, Institutional, Evolutionary; B31 – History of Economic Thought, Individuals; B41 – Economic Methodology

Keywords: Thorstein Veblen, Philosophy, Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Sanders Peirce, Immanuel Kant


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Conference Paper presented at the American Social Sciences Association/American Economic Association Meeting, Session#04: “Building on the Ideas of Thorstein Veblen” Organized by the Association for Evolutionary Economics; Presented on 06 January 2024; San Antonio, Texas; USA

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