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Jean-Baptiste Say as an Enlightenment Character

Author(s): Evert Schoorl

Journal: United Academics Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 2212-5736

Volume: 3;
Issue: 15;
Start page: 09;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Jean-Baptiste Say | Enlightenment | Economics | France | Intellectual History

This article summarizes the life and some of the ideas of the French classical economist Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832), as described in my recent biography of him. . Before becoming an economist, Say was the editor of a literary and political journal in the seventeen-nineties, which truly was an Enlightenment organ. After falling out with Napoleon he earned his living as the owner of a cotton spinning mill. As a true liberal, he had a difficult time even after Waterloo, and despite the success of his economics textbook got his first chair in economics only in 1819, at the age of fifty-two.
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