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Do Economic Texts Speak for Themselves? Putting the 2005 Edition of Quesnay's Economic Writings in Perspective for the Historian of Economic Thought


  • Christine THÉRÉ


  • Loïc CHARLES



Starting from the historiographical contribution of Quesnay’s works edition INED 2005, the article shows the historical and analytical issues that editing raises for the historian of economic thought. The authors argue that editing can be a major stage in the work of interpretation. The heuristic value of editorial work is illustrated by the nanlysis of a brief unpublished text of Quesnay. Contextualizing this piece allow us to re-examine Quesnay’s theory of surplus and to call into question the usual interpretation of Quesnay’s theory of net product.

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  • Christine THÉRÉ & Loïc CHARLES, 2009. "Do Economic Texts Speak for Themselves? Putting the 2005 Edition of Quesnay's Economic Writings in Perspective for the Historian of Economic Thought," Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, L'Harmattan, issue 57, pages 67-100, July - De.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2009:i:57:p:67-100

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    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925


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