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Brazilian Journal of Political Economy

versão impressa ISSN 0101-3157versão On-line ISSN 1809-4538

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HALL, JOHN  e  KIRDINA-CHANDLER, SVETLANA. Towards an intellectual history of evolutionary economics: competition and struggle versus cooperation and mutual aid. Brazil. J. Polit. Econ. [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.3, pp.551-564. ISSN 1809-4538.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572017v37n03a05.

Our inquiry considers the origins of Evolutionary Economics by reintroducing a debate that took place in Russia in the 19th and early 20th century. Responses to Charles Darwin’s The origin of Species are considered, especially critiques stressing Darwin’s emphasis upon competition and struggle in natural selection, that can be traced directly to Thomas Robert Malthus. Considering challenging contributions made by several Russian scholars, we place special emphasis upon Peter Kropotkin’s focus on cooperation and “mutual aid” in natural selection and evolution. We then speculate upon the commonality found in the evolutionary views advanced by Kropotkin and his American contemporary, Thorstein Veblen.

Palavras-chave : Charles Darwin; Evolutionary Economics; mutual aid; Peter Kropotkin; Thomas Robert Malthus; Thorstein Veblen.

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