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Veblen, Thorstein 1857-1929

Works: 567 works in 3,078 publications in 8 languages and 65,389 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Honoree, Other
Classifications: HB831, 330.1
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The theory of the leisure class; an economic study of institutions by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

606 editions published between 1899 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 6,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic of economic and social theory offers a satiric examination of the hollowness and falsity suggested by the term "conspicuous consumption," exposing the emptiness of many cherished standards of taste, education, dress, and culture. Since first appearing in 1899, it has become a classic of social theory that has contributed to the modernization of economic policy
The theory of business enterprise. 1904 by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

185 editions published between 1904 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1904 volume presciently criticizes the dominance of large corporations in culture and economy, contrasting the goals of business--the making of profit--with the goals of industry--the making of goods. Veblen describes the industrial system as essentially flawed in many ways
Imperial Germany and the industrial revolution by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

117 editions published between 1915 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published at the beginning of World War I, this 1915 collection brings together thirty years of writings on the social and economic conditions that brought the Germany into global conflict. He considers the ancient origins of the German people, their historic conflict with England, and the economic policy of the imperial state
The higher learning in America; a memorandum on the conduct of universities by business men by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

133 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Veblen's insights into the American university system at the outset of the twentieth century are as provocative today as they were when first published. Insisting that institutions of higher learning should be dedicated solely to the disinterested pursuit of knowledge, he urged American universities to abandon commitments to extraneous pursuits such as athletics, community service, and vocational education. He also believed that the corporate model of governance--with university boards of trustees dominated by well-to-do businessmen and university presidents who functioned essentially as businessmen in academic dress--mandated unsavory techniques of salesmanship and self-promotion that threatened to reduce institutions of higher learning to the status of competitive business enterprises."--Publisher's Web site
The engineers and the price system by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

103 editions published between 1921 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his The Engineers and the Price System, originally published in 1921, Veblen observes that World War One demanded industrial innovations, and he was among the first to predict the need for changes in managerial struc-ture. Veblen saw that industrial output was more dependent upon techno-crats?managers and capital innova-tors?than financiers.In The Engineers and the Price System, Veblen applies economic theory to modern industrial society. He demon-strates that revolutionary change can be advanced by managers and engi-neers upon whose "brains and skills" the state of industrial arts depends.In his uniquely comprehensive in-troduction, Daniel Bell discusses the associations and attitudes which mark Veblen as the prophetic outsider he remained most of his life."--Provided by publisher
Absentee ownership and business enterprise in recent times; the case of America by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

98 editions published between 1923 and 2017 in English and German and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Absentee Ownership is an inquiry into the economic situation as it has taken shape in the twentieth century, particularly as exemplified in the case of America. According to Thorstein Veblen, absentee ownership is the main and immediate controlling interest in the life of civilized men. It is the paramount issue between the civilized nations, and guides the conduct of their affairs at home and abroad. World War I, says Veblen, arose out of a conflict of absentee interests and the peace was negotiated with a view to stabilize them. Part I of the book is occupied with a summary description of that range of economic circumstances and that sequence of economic growth and change that led up through the nineteenth century and have come to a head in the twentieth century. Part II is an objective, theoretical analysis of those economic circumstances described in the first part of the book. Marion Levy writes in his introduction about the phrase "absentee ownership" and how it has a definite connotation, representing a dark figure in the economic system, a frustration of desired levels of self-sufficiency. In the early days, the giants of business enterprise had faces--Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Ford, Edison--but they all turned into faceless bureaucracies, says Levy. The giants may not have been nice, but they had faces and human traits. Absentee ownership wiped that out for the common man. Veblen's book continues to be of vital importance to the studies of economics, political theory, and sociology."--Provided by publisher
The portable Veblen by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

53 editions published between 1948 and 1994 in English and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The instinct of workmanship, and the state of the industrial arts by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

121 editions published between 1912 and 2017 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts, originally issued in 1914, is described by Murray Murphey as his "most important work." In this volume that the theoretical foundations are put forth on full display. Veblen's juxtaposition of the instinctive values of community welfare in contrast to the pecuniary values of commercial exchange was the basis of his later, more famous works. The book makes plain Veblen's basic dichotomy between technological institutions for making goods and the pecuniary institutions for making money.Veblen's book is taken up with the casual processes in the history of culture centered on human instincts and habits. For him, a change in the natural or social conditions produces effects only by changing the behavior of people. The whole panoply of habits, instincts, and motives, points to a theory of social and cultural change which substantially differs from the pragmatic tradition that swept America in the early decades of this century. Veblen makes so many unique contributions and insights that his work outlives the limitations of its theoretical shell.As is the case for most Veblen's works, footnotes and references are sparse, no index is provided, and the reader is left to fill in the missing paraphernalia the way one does with a novel. Indeed, the reader is swept along Veblen's captivating rhetoric in seven brilliant chapters moving from the instincts in primitive technology, to the current state of industrial arts, to the examination of predatory culture invited to the civilizational table by the competitive system, and finally into a contrast of handicrafts and machine industry.Veblen offers a dramaturgy and a morality of the industrial order of his time: much has changed, but a great deal remains the same and is easily identifiable by the discerning reader. In this passage through text and time, Murphey is the perfect guide, displaying a keen knowledge of philosophy, psychology"--Provided by publisher
The place of science in modern civilisation, and other essays by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

99 editions published between 1906 and 2018 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On its original publication in 1919, The Place of Science in Modern Civilization was recognized as a major contribution, and today Veblen continues to command attention and respect. This volume includes some of his most seminal work, essays that have critical, almost devastating implications for capitalist society and mainstream economic theory as well as Marxism and socialism in general. The continuing power of Veblen's work derives both from the penetration and range of his analysis and the arguable failure of modern society and social science theory to change in any material respect since he worked. The continuing relevance of his topics and ideas is manifest. In this volume in particular, Veblen addresses controversies over the relations of deduction and induction and efforts to produce truth, belief systems, and language, disputes about the significance of business mergers and acquisitions, and questions about the historical meaning and status of socialism. All of these are subjects of continuing interest and concern. The first six essays are fundamental contributions to the study of the preconceptions that drive thought and modern science and their origins. The next nine essays apply Veblen's thinking to critiques of other economists and capitalism. Three of these nine essays represent fundamental components of Veblen's view of capitalism and its problems are of lasting interpretive and analytic value. The final three essays in the book, and in particular the last two, are examples of a genre of thinking which, while not uncommon among social scientists of the period in which Veblen worked haven been discredited and certainly have no lasting value, being conjectural history using such concepts as natural selection. As Warren Samuels notes in his stimulating introduction to this new edition, "Veblen was heterodox, iconoclastic, sardonic, caustic, and satiric. He also was brilliant, penetrating, original, courageous, literarily dram"--Provided by publisher
The vested interests and the common man. The modern point of view and the new order by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

71 editions published between 1919 and 2013 in English and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays in our changing order by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

56 editions published between 1934 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays in Our Changing Order is the ninth volume in the collected works of America's pre-eminent social scientist. Each volume has a new opening essay, in this case, a comprehensive review of Veblen's works by Scott Bowman that stands by itself as a premier statement. Using an innovative framework, Bowman sees Veblen as concerned with three unifying themes; the dynamic interrelationships between instinct, habits of thought, environment, and social change in human evolution; the essential contradiction between business and industry sustained by the instinctual dominance of pecuniary exploit over workmanlike efficiency: and the role of ideological and animistic thinking in human affairs. This volume of Veblen's most important studies, published posthumously in 1936, illustrates and embellishes the themes Bowman outlines in a variety of ways, and is remarkable for its contemporanity and literary freshness
An inquiry into the nature of peace and the terms of its perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

65 editions published between 1917 and 2018 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the Great War raged, Veblen, a leading thinker of his day, pondered just what it would take to create a peaceful world, and what such a world might look like. Veblen's answer (1917) included a league of peaceful and democratic nations, and the neutralization of Germany as a future military threat
What Veblen taught; selected writings of Thorstein Veblen by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

43 editions published between 1936 and 1964 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays, reviews, and reports; previously uncollected writings by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1978 in English and German and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thorstein Veblen; the Carleton College Veblen seminar essays by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

14 editions published between 1963 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction / Carlton C. Qualey -- Veblen on the future of American capitalism / Charles B. Friday -- Business in Veblen's America / Thomas C. Cochran -- The sacred and the profane : the theology of Thorstein Veblen / David W. Noble -- Background of Veblen's thought / Joseph Dorfman -- Recollections of Veblen / Isador Lubin
The theory of the leisure class : with an introd. by John Kenneth Galbraith by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Théorie de la classe de loisir. by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

20 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in French and English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Aron dit dans sa préface que, parmi les sociologues méconnus, Veblen est le plus célèbre. Le présent ouvrage de ce fils de paysan norvégien, mort en 1929, analyse et décrit une comédie sociale "où les hommes fortunés apparaissent épris d'argent, de gloire et de prestige, jamais rassasiés, car le succès de chacun ne s'apprécie que dans la mesure où il surclasse celui des autres". Une oeuvre qui a vieilli "sans prendre de rides."
Veblen on Marx, race, science, and economics (The place of science in modern civilization and other essays) by Thorstein Veblen( Book )

11 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thorstein Veblen: a critical reappraisal; lectures and essays commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Veblen's birth by Douglas F Dowd( Book )

12 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thorstein Veblen and his America by Joseph Dorfman( Book )

4 editions published between 1934 and 1935 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Dorfman gives a thorough evaluation of how Thorstein Veblen became the Thorstein Veblen we know today. Dorfman shows how Dr. Veblen was exposed to the various superficial and spurious philosophical trends running through his years at Carlton College Academy. It was not Kant and Kierkegaard that introduced Veblen to the contemporary view of humanity, but charlatan religious and political amateurs that ruled the roost and set the philosophical tone at Carlton. This came in addition to the arrogance of the mostly New England middle class he met in his forming years. Whereas "The Theory of the Leisure Class" (1899) is a cumbersome read with an obvious tendency to latinate English, Professor Dorfman's opus "Thorstein Veblen and his America" (1934) is extensive, but an easier read
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The theory of the leisure class; an economic study of institutions
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Thorstein Veblen Amerikaans econoom (1857-1929)

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The theory of business enterprise. 1904Imperial Germany and the industrial revolutionThe higher learning in America; a memorandum on the conduct of universities by business menThe engineers and the price systemAbsentee ownership and business enterprise in recent times; the case of AmericaThe instinct of workmanship, and the state of the industrial artsThe place of science in modern civilisation, and other essaysEssays in our changing orderAn inquiry into the nature of peace and the terms of its perpetuation