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Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered - E. F. [Ernst Friedrich] Schumacher

London: Blond & Briggs Ltd., 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine and the price clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the title page, declaring the date the book was read. Some people…

10th impression. [First Edition: 1973]

From the cover: “Mankind is being distorted by the worship of economic growth. Dr. Schumacher’s thesis is that western man is far too clever to be able to survive without wisdom. He holds that our difficulties and dangers are not the result of our failures but of our successes. More successes along the same lines will merely intensify our problems. What is being called into question is not our competence with regard to means but our realism and wisdom with regard to ends. Specialisation is essential for progress in the development of means, but we cannot continue to let the development of means determine the ends we pursue. Wisdom requires that we reorientate our ends to the real needs of Man. It means a determined attempt to overcome the fragmentation of specialised competence, particularly that of economists, scientists and technologists.

This book is not a treatise for specialists but a challenge to them. Dr. Schumacher believes that the youth of today, rebellious and truculent and often misguided, is searching for a new life-style, and that it is the duty of the older generation, to which he belongs, to break out of their narrow specialism and to offer, to the best of their limited abilities, an overall view and prescription for the future.

This book, therefore, starting from the professional preoccupations of an economist, ranges widely, with scant regard for academic propriety, over such seemingly disjointed subjects as Buddhist Economics, Technology with a Human Face, Educa-tion, and the Organization of Business.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages.
£8.50

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