Celso furtado as 'romantic economist' from Brazil's sertão

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Abstract

In The Romantic Economist (2009), Richard Bronk laments that Enlightenment thinking dominated Economics during its formation as a science. As counterpoint, the 'Romantic Movement' had much to offer but remained peripheral. Consequently Economics embraced the centrality of rationality and other Enlightenment precepts, leading to a 'socialphysics'. Meanwhile human characteristics such; as sentiments, imagination and creativity were eschewed. While Bronk fails to identify an in-the-flesh 'Romantic Economist', our inquiry seeks to establish that indeed Celso Furtado qualifies. Profoundly influenced by his sensitivities and attachment to place, Furtado relies upon an organic metaphor - o sertão nordestino - for insights into complex developmental processes.

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Rama, J., & Hall, J. B. (2019). Celso furtado as “romantic economist” from Brazil’s sertão. Revista de Economia Politica, 39(4), 658–674. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572019-3021

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