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Discovering Rhetoric: The Ecology of Enterprise in the Bourgeois Era

24 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2011 Last revised: 9 May 2012

Adam G. Martin

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute

Date Written: May 8, 2012

Abstract

Deirdre McCloskey's Bourgeois Dignity deploys Israel Kirzner's theory of entrepreneurial discovery as a critical component in her explanation of the Industrial Revolution. This essay examines whether Kirzner's theory can bear the analytical load that McCloskey would place on it. I identify two potential incongruities between Kirzner's theory and McCloskey's historical account but find them both unconvincing. Kirzner's entrepreneur is a good fit for McCloskey's story. I argue further that the fit can be strengthened by incorporating further elements of Kirzner's theory, including entrepreneurial alertness.

Keywords: Industrial Revolution, Entrepreneurship, Rhetoric

JEL Classification: B53, O1, N13

Suggested Citation

Martin, Adam G., Discovering Rhetoric: The Ecology of Enterprise in the Bourgeois Era (May 8, 2012). Journal of Socio-Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1936149

Adam G. Martin (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute ( email )

Box 45059
Lubbock, TX 79409-5059
United States

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