Will, Robert M. “Economic Thought in
the Encyclopédie.” Southern Economic Journal, vol. 32, no. 2, Southern Economic Association, 1965, pp. 191–203. JSTOR, JSTOR, doi:10.2307/1055146.
Outside of François Quesnay’s articles “Fermiers” (“Farmers”) and “Graine” (“Grain”), the treatment of economics had not been researched or studied extensively, at least prior to Will’s article in 1965. In fact, Will observes that in the Encyclopédie the subject is rarely addressed, neither in the “Preliminary Discourse” nor other editorial articles. There is a surprising lack of articles regarding the subject and the ones that are present are written by Jaucourt who, according to Will, does not seem to have ever been educated in economic policies as his articles are not very up to date with modern theories and observations. Will selects a few of the articles closely related to economics and analyzes their content and how they related to “modern” economic thought, ultimately concluding that there were not unified or consistent ideas on reforms in physiocratic thought. Will insists that had the Encyclopédie
placed more of an emphasis on the economy, it would have been able to inspire significant reforms in France and surrounding areas.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Economy, Physiocracy
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