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American economist (b. March 24, 1919, New York, N.Y.-d. Jan. 4, 2005, New York City), was the author of several of the most widely read books on economics in the U.S. Heilbroner viewed economics broadly, as a system in context with political and social systems. He taught economics at the New School for Social Research (now a division of New School University) in New York City from the early 1960s. Heilbroner's best-known works included The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers (1953), An Inquiry into the Human Prospect (1974), The Nature and Logic of Capitalism (1985), and The Crisis of Vision in Modern Economic Thought (1995; with W.S. Milberg).