The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In economics, just as in other sciences, it is by no means an exceptional occurrence to find that, no sooner has a "new" doctrine made its mark, than earlier, completely forgotten writers are discovered who perceived those newly accepted ideas with brilliant insight in their own day and set them down in their writings. In our field Oresmius, Monchretien, Barbon, Rae, W. F. Lloyd, Cournot Jennings, Long- field, and Gossen are just a few of the best-known instances of this kind. In scarcely any field, however, will one find a case similar to that of Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général, which, having greatly influenced the molding of a science and fully articulated it for the first time, was at once entirely forgotten and remained in obscurity for roughly a century until, rediscovered by accident, its second emergence proved sensational.
Volume 7, Number 2 (1985)
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Hayek, Friedrich A. "Richard Cantillon." Journal of Libertarian Studies 7, No. 2 (1985): 217–247.