Jorge Borges de Macedo: Problems of the History of Portuguese Economic and Political Thought in the Eighteenth-Century

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Title
Jorge Borges de Macedo: Problems of the History of Portuguese Economic and Political Thought in the Eighteenth-Century
Contributors
Cardoso, José Luís (author)
Doi
10.26300/zav9-8112
Date Issued
Winter 2013
Abstract
The historiographic renewal effected by Jorge Borges de Macedo produced a series of teachings that still endure today. His invaluable legacy has been continued, renewed and criticized. In this brief attempt to evoke his memory, I seek to clarify to what extent Borges de Macedo’s studies demonstrated the impossibility of an abstract history of economic, social and political ideas, as well as the irrelevance of a history that does not take into consideration the factors, conditions, instruments and concrete processes of assimilating and making use of such ideas. It can therefore be concluded that the history of Portuguese economic and political thought in the eighteenth century is a field of research that is ideally suited to the critical application and renewal of the teachings inspired by the work of Jorge Borges de Macedo.
A renovação historiográfica efetuada por Jorge Borges de Macedo produziu uma série de ensinamentos que perduram ainda hoje. Seu legado valioso continua a ser renovado e criticado. Nesta breve tentativa de evocar sua memória, procura-se esclarecer até que ponto os estudos de Borges de Macedo mostraram a impossibilidade de uma história abstrata de ideias económicas, sociais e políticas, e também a irrelevância de uma história que não leva em consideração os fatores, as condições, os instrumentos e os processos concretos de assimilação e utilização de tais ideias. Pode-se, portanto, concluir que a história do pensamento económico e político português no século XVIII é uma área de pesquisa adequada à aplicação crítica e à renovação dos ensinamentos inspirados pelo trabalho de Jorge Borges de Macedo.
Keywords
Political science
Historiography
History
18th century
Extent
pp. 93-100

Citation

Cardoso, José Luís, "Jorge Borges de Macedo: Problems of the History of Portuguese Economic and Political Thought in the Eighteenth-Century" (2013). e-Journal of Portuguese History. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.26300/zav9-8112

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