The Poverty of Anti-economicist liberalism

the cases of Barros and Merquior

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https://doi.org/10.30800/mises.2022.v10.1440

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Barros, Merquior, classical liberalism

Abstract

This article examines, compares and criticizes two books on the history of classical liberalism, written by written by two Brazilian intellectuals, Roque Spencer Maciel de Barros and José Guilherme Merquior. These works are used as case studies of the consequences of reducing politics to morals. We argue that, by rejecting the contributions of economists to liberalism, the two authors offer emptied versions of liberalism, as they ignore crucial elements of liberal doctrine, namely, the study of the unintended consequences of human action and the fallibilist model on the growth of knowledge.

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Author Biography

Fabio Barbieri, Universidade de São Paulo - FEA - Ribeirão Preto - Brasil

Graduado em Administração Pública pela FGV-SP, Fabio Barbieri é mestre, doutor e livre-docente em teoria econômica pela Universidade de São Paulo, onde leciona, no campus de Ribeirão Preto-SP

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2022-04-08

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Barbieri F. The Poverty of Anti-economicist liberalism: the cases of Barros and Merquior. MisesJournal [Internet]. 2022 Apr. 8 [cited 2022 Aug. 14];10. Available from: https://www.revistamises.org.br/misesjournal/article/view/1440

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