Professor Lears’s talk aimed to broaden and deepen the concept of “animal spirits,” which John Maynard Keynes used to identify the visceral urges motivating investors. Keynes challenged the rational actor model of classical economics, and Lears pushed the challenge further, to propose a historical framework for understanding the relationship between capitalism and emotional life—on the shop floor as well as the trading floor, for workers as well as managers.
- Jackson Lears Board of Governors Professor of History Rutgers University
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