2 David Ricardo On the art of ‘elucidating economic principles’ in the face of a ‘labyrinth of difficulties’

Heinz D. Kurz

DOI: 10.4324/9781003138709-3

Original paper: Heinz D. Kurz (2015) David Ricardo: on the art of “elucidating economic principles” in the face of a “labyrinth of difficulties”, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 22(5), 818–851, DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2015.1074713. London: Taylor & Francis Group.

2.1 Introduction

Major interpreters of David Ricardo assess his contribution to political economy in vastly different terms. Karl Marx praises Ricardo’s ‘scientific impartiality and love of truth’ (Marx 1954, p. 412) and the ‘honesty which so essentially distinguishes him from the vulgar economists’ (Marx 1959 ...

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