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Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture

BooksDecember 4, 2009
In a welcome change of critical perspective, Paul Cantor and Stephen Cox give an economic interpretation of literature from a pro-market point of view, not the standard Marxism take.

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Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture, by Paul A. Cantor and Stephen Cox

Institute PublicationsOctober 1, 2009
The contributors to this outstanding collection of essays propose a revolution in literary criticism — a revolution, moreover, that has as its heart the application of Austrian economics...

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Literature and Economic Liberty (Cantor/Cox)

BlogJanuary 19, 2010

Now that we have our warehouse move complete, we can finally announce that appearance of a book I’ve been wildly excited for ever since the project began. It is Literature and Economic Liberty: Spontaneous...

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Can Culture Generate Spontaneous Order?

Mises DailyDecember 29, 2010
Mencken wrote that the sine qua non of all good criticism should be its ability to stand alone as a piece of art regardless of the qualities inherent in the object of the criticism. Cantor, Cox, and the other critics whose essays appear in Literature and the Economics of Liberty attain this goal.

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Literature and the Economics of Liberty - Digital Book

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With this work, the economic interpretation of literature is no longer dominated by ideas derived from Marxism.

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Literature and the Economics of Liberty

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With this work, the economic interpretation of literature is no longer dominated by ideas derived from Marxism.

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Faculty Spotlight Interview: Paul Cantor

BlogApril 16, 2010

Paul A. Cantor received his BA (1966) and PhD (1971) in English from Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard in both the English and the Government Departments. He is currently Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia.



1. What is a...

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Austrian Economics and Culture: An Interview with Paul Cantor

Institute Publications
Volume 21, Number 1 (Spring 2001) Paul A. Cantor discusses economic literature in an interview with the Austrian Economics Newsletter.

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Mendenhall reviews Paul Cantor's Pop Culture Tome

BlogSeptember 7, 2013
Mises Scholar Paul Cantor's The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture is reviewed in The Independent Review:
Against the cultural elite and their promotion of patrician—and mostly European—...

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Paul Cantor

Paul A. Cantor

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Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority...

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1. The Economic Basis of Culture

Audio/VideoJuly 24, 2006
Paul Cantor is self-taught in most areas. He did, however, take two courses under Mises and earned a PhD in Literature. He states that culture is the last battleground between Marxism and free markets. Marxists lost the economic arguments.

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1. On the Literature of Liberalism

Online Text Page from Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition, Ch. Appendix

In order to keep this book from becoming overlong, I have had to be brief. I considered myself all the more justified in being so since I have already treated thoroughly all the basic problems of liberalism in a series of comprehensive books and essays.

For the reader who wishes to acquire a more exhaustive understanding of these matters, I append the following compilation of the most important literature.

Reason TV on Cantor

BlogOctober 8, 2010

Great thinker, great book, great presentation!

 

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The Poetics of Spontaneous Order: Austrian Economics and Literary Criticism

Mises DailyJanuary 22, 2010
"From the Austrian perspective, if some form of collaborative activity is involved in the creation of literature, it is still always collaboration among individuals, whereas in the Marxist view collaboration is typically understood in collectivist terms."...

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Liberty To Not Kill Trees

BlogOctober 11, 2010

The great Liberty magazine, edited by R.W. Bradford from 1987 to 2005 and since then by Stephen Cox, has decided to abandon paper and become a completely online journal. This is a harbinger of things to come, as the publishing world adapts to the...

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Paul Cantor Discusses 'Dallas Buyers Club'

BlogMarch 11, 2014

Mises Institute Associated Scholar (and author of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture) Paul Cantor writes:

We’re launching...

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Paul Cantor's Full Series on The Economics of the Zombie Apocalypse

BlogOctober 11, 2013

Paul Cantor's full series from Mises Daily is now available online: Part One: Zombie Apocalypse in a ‘DC’ Comic

Part Two:...

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