The Complete Works of Thorstein Veblen


By Thorstein Veblen

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In 'The Complete Works of Thorstein Veblen,' readers are introduced to the extensive range of critiques and analyses by the notable American economist and sociologist, Thorstein Veblen. His works cut a sharp figure against the fabric of capitalism and industrial society, with a literary style marked by acerbic wit and deep economic insight. Veblen's distinct approach to the study of economic institutions under the lens of evolutionary theory gave us concepts like 'conspicuous consumption' and 'pecuniary emulation' within the social classes. The compilation includes seminal texts such as 'The Theory of the Leisure Class' and 'The Theory of Business Enterprise,' which continue to be influential in both economic and sociological discourses, critiquing the consumption patterns and business practices of his time and establishing his legacy in institutional economics. Thorstein Veblen's intellectual contributions were shaped by his upbringing in a Norwegian immigrant family in late 19th-century America, and his academic odyssey through Carleton College, Johns Hopkins, and Yale University. His Nordic heritage and his advanced studies in philosophy and economics provided him with a unique perspective on American capitalism and its discontents. His body of work, with its penetrating observation on the interplay between economic and social conditions, reveals his profound skepticism towards conventional economic doctrines and the vested interests that uphold them. 'The Complete Works of Thorstein Veblen' offers indispensable reading for economists, sociologists, and historians alike. This cohesive volume is not only a testament to Veblen's renowned intellectual rigour and original thinking but also serves as a critical resource for understanding the dynamics of modern capitalist society. With continued relevance in today's discussions of economic inequality and cultural criticism, Veblen's work remains essential for anyone exploring the underpinnings of consumer culture, the function of social stratification, and the critique of economic orthodoxy.
The Complete Works of Thorstein Veblen