Leon Walras (1834--1910) is one of the four or five most important economic theorists in the history of the science. The present book is a complete English translation of the second edition (1936) of his Aetudes d'economie sociale (1896), in which he applies economic theory to real problems, presents the essence of his normative economic ideas, and reveals himself to have also been a great thinker on human nature, justice, mores, and the structure of scientific inquiry and knowledge. The book will be of interest to researchers and postgraduate students in the area of the history of economics as well as those interested in Walrasian topics, such as social justice, taxation, intellectual property, and land ownership.
Jan van Daal lectured at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been an independent researcher at the Centre Auguste et Leon Walras, Universite Lyon--2, and continues to specialise in research on the life and works of Leon Walras. He has been the president of the International Walras Society (2001-2002). Donald A. Walker has similarly studied Walras's ideas for many years. He has been the president of the History of Economics Society (1987-1988), named Distinguished Fellow of that Society (2006), editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought (1990-1998), president of the International Walras Society (1997-2000), and is University Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.