The Veblen-Commons Award

Klein, Philip A.
June 1989
Journal of Economic Issues (Association for Evolutionary Economi;Jun89, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p323
Academic Journal
The article presents information related to the Association for Evolutionary Economics' (AFEE) Veblen-Commons Award, given to scholars for exceptional works in the field of economics. The award is named after two great scholars, Thorstein Veblen and John R. Commons. Each lived and worked at a time when resistance to heterodox ideas in political economy was often intense, professionally and personally. Both of them succeeded in generating a remarkably significant and provocative scholarly legacy is a testament to their intellectual courage and persistence. The AFEE Veblen-Commons Award provides continuing recognition of the contributions of these two courageous pioneers. The author in the article also provide information about other institutionalists and their scholarly works. The author praises the work and scholarly competence of John Fagg Foster of the University of Denver, Colorado, under which he had studied in his college days. The author recalls that, early in his teaching career, in days when loyalty oaths were being demanded of university faculties and McCarthyism fueled manic and persistent assaults on non-orthodox thought and behavior, Foster's emphasis on the significance of intellectual freedom and the need for academic pluralism spawned a permanent interest and concern in the author's own work.


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