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Professor Jerry Z. Muller, Ph.D.

Professor Jerry Z. Muller
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Columbia University
When I was growing up, I worked in a number of family businesses, but I didn’t want to go into business. I wanted to be an intellectual, to learn about and reflect on the interconnection of things.

Dr. Jerry Z. Muller is Professor of History at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught since 1984. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has been a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin; the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy; the Olin Foundation; the Bradley Foundation; and the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Muller wrote The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Modern European Thought, which was cowinner of The Historical Society's Donald Kagan Best Book in European History Prize. He is also the author of Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society and The Other God That Failed: Hans Freyer and the Deradicalization of German Conservatism. He is editor of Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the Present. His many articles and essays have appeared in scholarly journals as well as in Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, and The Wilson Quarterly.

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15 Courses and Sets

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  2. Thinking about Capitalism

    Thinking about Capitalism

    Jerry Z. Muller
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    In an era of increasing globalization, capitalism plays a dramatic role in the world economy and your everyday life. Explore the wealth of perspectives on this pervasive economic force in Thinking about Capitalism, and gain fresh insights into capitalism's history, its proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world. Drawing on his exceptional ability to frame each thinker's concerns within its...
  3. (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism  Set

    (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  4. (Set) The Modern Intellectual Tradition & Thinking About Capitalism Set

    (Set) The Modern Intellectual Tradition & Thinking About Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  5. (Set) Your Guide to Money and the Economy Set

    (Set) Your Guide to Money and the Economy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,024.80 Starting at $1,024.80 $1,204.80 $1,024.80$1,204.80
  6. (Set) Foundations of Economic Prosperity & Thinking about Capitalism Set

    (Set) Foundations of Economic Prosperity & Thinking about Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  7. (Set) Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution & Thinking about Capitalism  Set

    (Set) Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution & Thinking about Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
    Investigate the backgrounds behind American democracy and capitalism with this intriguing two-course set. First, in The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution, follow the reasoning of the Founding Fathers as they debate the framework of the United States of America. Then, in Thinking about Capitalism, learn the origin and evolution of this vital economic system so central to the Western...
  8. (Set) Conservative Tradition & Thinking about Capitalism  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & Thinking about Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Gain new insights into two pervasive and powerful political and economic traditions with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging professors. First, discover just how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining our political tradition and shaping the modern West with The Conservative Tradition. Then, in Thinking about Capitalism, explore the wealth of perspectives on this pervasive economic force...
  9. (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Rights of Man: Great Thinkers and Great Movements  Set

    (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Rights of Man: Great Thinkers and Great Movements

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
    Chart the development of two forces that profoundly shaped the course of modern history in this two-course set. First, explore the wealth of perspectives on capitalism, the pervasive economic force that plays a dramatic role in the world economy and your everyday life in Thinking about Capitalism. Then, follow the inspirational story of human rights in The Rights of Man: Great Thinkers and Great Movements—a...
  10. (Set) Prime Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Prime Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,779.60 Starting at $1,779.60 $2,104.60 $1,779.60$2,104.60
    In today's 21st-century marketplace, it pays to be an effective critical thinker; to have the specific knowledge and skills necessary for success in both the workplace and at home. With these Great Courses, you'll find information and strategies aimed at transforming you into a prime thinker. Make smarter, savvier decisions. Hone your reading and interpretation skills. Tap into the secret knowledge of how experts...
  11. (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Why Economies Rise or Fall  Set

    (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Why Economies Rise or Fall

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Expand your grasp of contemporary economics with this in-depth two-course set. First, gain fresh insights into capitalism's history, its proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world with Thinking about Capitalism. Then, sharpen your understanding of the theories and philosophies behind various world economics in Why Economies Rise or Fall.
  12. (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Modern Economic Issues  Set

    (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Modern Economic Issues

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Broaden your understanding of economics with these two fascinating courses taught by award-winning professors. In Thinking about Capitalism, discover capitalism's history, its proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on daily life in our contemporary world. Next, embark on a provocative exploration of contemporary economic concerns such as urban sprawl, international trade, inflation, and fluctuating...
  13. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.70 Starting at $879.70 $1,714.70 $879.70$1,714.70
    Learn possible answers to some of the most challenging and profound questions about human existence with this exclusive set of philosophy courses. Discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy—in Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western...
  14. (Set) Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know & Thinking about Capitalism  Set

    (Set) Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know & Thinking about Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  15. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.