Fellman, David
November 1953
New Republic;11/30/53, Vol. 129 Issue 18, p18
The article discusses the book "Thorstein Veblen," by David Riesman. Some of the author's most illuminating observations deal with the analysis of personality. Thorstein Vebien, economist and social scientist is described as strongly inhibited, unconsciously conspiring in his own exploitation, incapable of fighting directly for the things he believed in, underestimating himself and hence unaware of his power to hurt others, and fearing success. The author believes that Veblen was one of the precursors of sociological jurisprudence.


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