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The visual history of the Tableau Economique

Loïc Charles ()

The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2003, vol. 10, issue 4, 527-550

Abstract: This article looks at the history of the Tableau Economique from a visual point of view. It shows that Quesnay invented the Tableau to formalize visually his economic theory, and that he used different versions of the Tableau ('Zigzag', 'Precis' and 'Formule') for reasons of visual rhetorics. Accordingly, the visual history of the Tableau clarifies several problems identified by previous 'ecommentors'. The paper concludes that the history of the Tableau as an image cannot be equated with that of Quesnay's abstract economic model without missing the Tableau Economique's raison d'etre.

Keywords: Analogy; formalization; Francois Quesnay; Tableau Economique; visuals (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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DOI: 10.1080/0967256032000137702

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