Faith as Political Epistemology: A Review of Tim Leonard's Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era
Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, 2018
11 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2017 Last revised: 19 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 1, 2017
In this review of Tim Leonard's remarkable book Illiberal Reformers, Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era, I argue that, having defined progressivism as a political epistemology of faith in the powers of policymaking, Leonard did not follow up several of the interesting implications of this definition. This is less a critique of Leonard, whose interests, quite reasonably, are likely to lie elsewhere, than a personal lament and a call for inquiry into these unexamined implications.
Keywords: Tim Leonard, Illiberal Reformers, Progressivism, Political Epistemology, Political Faith, Economics, Scientism, Eugenics, Taylorism
JEL Classification: B00, B1, B13, B15, H1, Y30, Z18
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