Lucian of Samosata was a second-century rhetorician and satirist whose economically astute work The Sale of Philosophy skewered the Greek-Roman philosophical scene of his day. As Lucian suggested more than eighteen hundred years ago, the economic approach can help explain why some thinkers and schools of thought are taken more seriously than others.

George Bragues is professor and program head of business at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto.
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