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Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law

The disciplines of economics, ethics, and law cannot be detached from a historical background that was, it is increasingly recognized, religious in nature. Economists Adam Smith and Léon Walras drew on the work of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish theologians, who strove to understand the process of exchange and trade in order to better articulate subjective value, a dynamic theory of money, the role of the merchant, and the concept of marginal utility. Likewise, political theorists John Neville Figgis and Otto von Gierke drew on the work of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch, Swiss, German, and Spanish jurists and ethicists, who articulated concepts that laid the foundation for federalist political structures, constitutionalism, popular sovereignty, natural-law jurisprudence, and limited government in the Western legal tradition. After a long period in which economics, ethics, and law became detached from theology, many economists, legal scholars, political theorists, and theologians now see the benefit of studying early modern economic, ethical, and legal texts in their full cultural, often religious, context. This series, Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law, produced in association with Refo500, provides original English translations and editions of some of the most formative but previously inaccessible texts that shaped the disciplines of economics, ethics, and law in the early modern era and beyond. These inexpensive translations of seminal texts will make substantive contributions to contemporary interdisciplinary discussion.

General Editors

Jordan J. Ballor, Acton Institute
Stephen J. Grabill, Acton Institute

Editorial Advisory Board

Alejandro Chafuen, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA
Ricardo Crespo, Universidad Austral and CONICET, Argentina
Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute, USA
Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary, USA
Herman Selderhuis, Theological University Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
John Witte, Jr., Emory Law School, USA
Zhibin Xie, Tongji University, Shanghai, China