Economic methodology is dead - long live economic methodology: thirteen theses on the new economic methodology
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Economic Methodology 8 (1):49-63 (2001)
Abstract: The literature on economic methodology has exploded during the last two decades, and yet there really hasn't been any progress on the central methodological question of twenty years ago: What are the exact methodological rules that economists should follow in order to produce legitimate scientific knowledge? In this paper I argue that the lack of progress on this narrow traditional question does not reflect negatively on the efforts of those doing research in economic methodology; rather, it is simply a reflection of broader developments taking place within philosophy and science theory. Not only do these developments explain the lack of progress on the traditional question, they have also contributed to the growth of a more broadly defined field of methodological inquiry. If one defines the new economic methodology as any inquiry involving both economics and science theory, then the recent literature has shown substantial progress. A new more broadly defined field would certainly include traditional questions, but it would also include the rhetoric of economics, the sociology of economics, non-philosophy-of-science-based philosophical inquiry into economics, the economics of scientific knowledge, and much more. I provide thirteen theses on progress in this more broadly defined field of the new economic methodology.
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