Karl Knies

University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany 
"Karl Knies"

Karl Gustav Adolf Knies (29 March 1821 – 3 August 1898) was a German economist of the historical school of economics, best known as the author of Political Economy from the Standpoint of the Historical Method (1853). Knies taught at the University of Heidelberg for over 30 years, and was perhaps the most theoretically-oriented economist of the older historical school.

Knies increasingly turned his attention to current social issues, including problems of political economy. By doing so he was following in the footsteps of his mentor, Bruno Hildebrand, then professor of government at Marburg. As a champion of the liberal cause and as the scholar who later wrote the programmatic Die National-ökonomie der Gegenwart und Zukunft (1848), Hildebrand exerted an influence upon Knies that appears to have been profound.

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