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Economics and the Philosophy of Science

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ISBN-10: 0195082745

ISBN-13: 9780195082746

Edition: 1991

Authors: Deborah A. Redman

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This is a theoretical examination of the scientific assumptions underlying much of economic theory. Part I discusses the philosophy of science in general, including the work of Popper, Lakatos, Feyerabend, Bartley, Kuhn, Fleck, Polyani, Toulmin, and Hanson. Part II focuses on Popper, Lakatos, and Kuhn and their philosophies of economics. The author concludes that economists abuse methodology, especially paradigms that are used to demonstrate that a given school of thought is morescientific than another.
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List price: $115.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/27/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.17" long x 0.87" tall
Weight: 0.946

Philosophy of Science: Rationality, Growth, Ignorance, Objectivity, and Criticism
The Problems
The Decline of Logical Positivism
The Pendulum Swings in the Other Direction: Sociological Explanations in Science
Michael Polanyi: Personal and Tacit Knowledge
Ludwik Fleck: Denkkollektiv and Denkstil
Thomas Kuhn's Scientific Revolutions
The Popperian School
Sir Karl Popper
Hume's Problem, or the Problem of Induction
Critical Rationalism and the Tie to Falsification
Why Falsification Fails
Imre Lakatos: Metaphysics Transformed into the Methodology of Scientific Research Programs
The Revival of the Duhem Thesis
Behind the Methodology of Scientific Research Programs
Paul Feyerabend, the "Dadasoph,"
"Anything Goes!" and Proliferation
What Feyerabend is Actually Against is Modern Education
Why Feyerabend is Really a "Rationalist in Disguise," or Why Feyerabend Doesn't Deserve to be a "Darling of the Left,"
Dadasophia or Dadasophistry?
William Bartley: Pancritical Rationalism
Whither the History of Science?
History and the Philosophy of Science
Stephen Toulmin
Norwood Russell Hanson
Economics and the Philosophy of Science
Philosophy's Influence on Economics: Early Exchanges
Sir Karl Popper's Philosophy of the Social Sciences: A Disjointed Whole
Economics: Queen of the Social Science
The Polemical Element: The Case Against Historicism
Rationality and Situational Logic
Why Falsification in Economics Fails
The Neglected Messages: Clarity and Criticism as Objective Method
Lakatos and Kuhn: Science as Consensus
Why Economicus Academicus Chose Lakatos as His Darling
Semantics Revisited: How "Paradigm" and "Research Program" Have Come to Mean Anything and Everything
Paradigms and SRPs Applied
The Drive to Be "Normal Scientists,"
How "Normal" are Economists?
Why no Normal Scientist Would Ever Want to be Either "Normal" or "Revolutionary,"
A Short Digression on the Development of Economics as a Profession
Communis Opinio Doctorum
A Short History of the Is-Ought Problem
Economists Whose First Work or Works Deal with Methodological and/or Philosophical Topics
Author Index
Subject Index