Margaret Schabas

Research Interests    

My research is mainly on topics in the history and philosophy of economics. A number of these articles examine economics as it drew upon or impinged upon other disciplines, notably mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. I have been motivated to understand, both historically and philosophically, why economics transformed into a mathematical discipline, and in what sense there are laws that govern the economy, or economic phenomena more specifically. I am currently continuing my study of Hume’s economics, as well as working on a new project that examines the overlap of biology and economics and the formation of bioeconomics.

Selected Publications
  • David Hume’s Political Economy (co-edited, Routledge, 2008)
  • The Natural Origins of Economics (Chicago, 2005)
  • Oeconomies in the Age of Newton (co-edited, Duke, 2003)
  • A World Ruled by Number (Princeton, 1990)


Recent and Upcoming Presentations
  • Keynote, History of Economic Thought Society of Australia, Sydney (2015)
  • Keynote, International Hume Society Annual Meetings, Portland Oregon (2014)
  • Keynote, Tricentary of Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (2014)
  • Presidential Address, History of Economics Society, Montreal (2014)
  • Keynote, Bioeconomies of Reproduction Conference, ZIF (Center for Interdisciplinary Research) Bielefeld (2012)
  • Keynote, Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Meetings, Ottawa (2009)
  • Keynote, HOPOS Annual Meetings, Vancouver (2008)
  • Keynote, International Hume Society Annual Meetings, Boston (2007)


Currently Teaching