Loomnie posted this interesting interview of Bruce Caldwell, an econ professor at Duke University who is working on putting history back into economics. Here's a short description of the interview:
Who is going to teach fields like economic methodology and the history of economic thought if these fields aren’t taught to current graduate students? Bruce Caldwell is filling this hole in the graduate curriculum. The Hayek scholar is ramping-up the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University to educate a generation of future professors – a generation that is well-versed in the history of economic thought, and that communicates with other social sciences and the humanities. These are the seeds of new economic thinking.
Loomnie says that he finds this idea "really, really interesting" and I agree. I wonder if there is any engagement with economic anthropology here--or if that would be a possibility. In one part of the video Caldwell says that he really appreciates the different perspectives that other humanities and social sciences bring to studies of the history of economic thought. I know that anthropologists have tried to engage with economists in the past, but that hasn't panned out all that well. It would be interesting, despite all of the differences, to see more discussions between the econs and the anthros.