Search - List of Books by Thorstein Veblen

"All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage." -- Thorstein Veblen
Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen (July 30, 1857 – August 3, 1929) was an American sociologist and economist and a primary mentor, along with John R. Commons, of the institutional economics movement. Besides his technical work he was a popular and witty critic of capitalism, as shown by his best known book The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899).

Veblen is famous in the History of economic thought for combining a Darwinian evolutionary perspective with his new institutionalist approach to economic analysis. He combined sociology with economics in his masterpiece, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), arguing there was a basic distinction between the productiveness of "industry," run by engineers, which manufactures goods, and the parasitism of "business," which exists only to make profits for a leisure class. The chief activity of the leisure class was "conspicuous consumption", and their economic contribution is "waste," activity that contributes nothing to productivity. The American economy was therefore made inefficient and corrupt by the businessmen, though he never made that claim explicit. Veblen believed that technological advances were the driving force behind cultural change, but, unlike many contemporaries, he refused to connect change with progress.

Although Veblen was sympathetic to state ownership of industry, he had a low opinion of workers and the labor movement and was hostile toward Marxism. As a leading intellectual of the Progressive Era, his sweeping attack on production for profit and his stress on the wasteful role of consumption for status greatly influenced socialist thinkers and engineers seeking a non-Marxist critique of capitalism. Experts complained his ideas, while brilliantly presented, were crude, gross, fuzzy, and imprecise; others complained he was a wacky eccentric. Scholars continue to debate exactly what he meant in his convoluted, ironic and satiric essays; he made heavy use of examples of primitive societies, but many examples were pure invention.

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Total Books: 169
The Theory of the Leisure Class
2016 - The Theory of the Leisure Class (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781541011267
ISBN-10: 1541011260
Genres: Business & Money, Literature & Fiction
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The Theory of Business Enterprise
2016 - The Theory of Business Enterprise (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781519083371
ISBN-10: 1519083378
Genre: Business & Money
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The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays
2016 - The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781537751146
ISBN-10: 153775114X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Higher Learning in America The Annotated Edition A Memorandum on the Conduct of Universities by Business Men
Theory of the Leisure Class
2014 - Theory of the Leisure Class (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781500142803
ISBN-10: 1500142808
Genres: Business & Money, History, Politics & Social Sciences
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The Engineers and the Price System
2012 - The Engineers and the Price System (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781614273707
ISBN-10: 1614273707
Genres: Business & Money, Engineering & Transportation
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An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of Its Perpetuation
2010 - An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of Its Perpetuation [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781440052248
ISBN-10: 1440052247
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Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution
2010 - Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781145547070
ISBN-10: 1145547079
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The Theory of the Leisure Class An Economic Study of Institutions
The Place Of Science In Modern Civilization And Other Essays
2010 - The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays [1919] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120915597
ISBN-10: 1120915597
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Vested Interests and the Common Man
2010 - The Vested Interests and the Common Man ["The Modern Point of View and the New Order"] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141515769
ISBN-10: 1141515768
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The Vested Interests and the State of the Industrial Arts
2010 - The Vested Interests and the State of the Industrial Arts ["The Modern Point of View and the New Order"] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141485482
ISBN-10: 1141485486
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The Instinct of Workmanship And the State of Industrial Arts
2009 - The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of Industrial Arts (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781116466706
ISBN-10: 1116466708
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The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts Thorstein Veblen
The Use Of Loan Credit In Modern Business
2009 - The Use of Loan Credit in Modern Business [1903] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781120042071
ISBN-10: 1120042070
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Higher Learning in America A Memorandum on the Conduct of Universities by Business Men
The Instinct of Workmanship
2009 - The Instinct of Workmanship (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217090063
ISBN-10: 0217090060
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Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution -1915
2009 - Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution -1915 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781112103865
ISBN-10: 1112103864
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The Vested Interests
2009 - The Vested Interests (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781110630264
ISBN-10: 1110630263
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The Higher Learning in America
2009 - The Higher Learning in America [Dodo Press] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781409965602
ISBN-10: 1409965600
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace  the Terms of Its Perpetuation
2008 - An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace the Terms of Its Perpetuation (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781604503333
ISBN-10: 1604503335
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2004 - Teoria De La Clase Ociosa / Theory of the Leisure Class [Ciencias Sociales / Social Sciences] (Paperback)