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    D. Wade Hands (2013). Mark Blaug on the Normativity of Welfare Economics. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 6:1-25.
    Abstract: This paper examines Mark Blaug's position on the normative character of Paretian welfare economics: in general, and specifically with respect to his debate with Pieter Hennipman over this question during the 1990s. The paper also clarifies some of the confusions that emerged within the context of this debate, and closes by providing some additional arguments supporting Blaug's position that he himself did not provide.
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    D. Wade Hands (1997). Conjectures and Reputations:The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and the History of Economic Thought. History of Political Economy 29:695-739.
  3. D. Wade Hands (2001). Reflection Without Rules: Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory. Cambridge University Press.
    Reflection without rules is a detailed interpretative survey of recent work in economic methodology and various developments in philosophy of science and science studies relevant to it.
     
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    D. Wade Hands (1991). Popper, the Rationality Principle and Economic Explanation. In G. K. Shaw (ed.), Economics, Culture, and Education: Essays in Honor of Mark Blaug. Edward Elgar 108-119.
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    D. Wade Hands (2013). Foundations of Contemporary Revealed Preference Theory. Erkenntnis 78 (5):1081-1108.
    This paper examines methodological issues raised by revealed preference theory in economics: particularly contemporary revealed preference theory. The paper has three goals. First, to make the case that revealed preference theory is a broad research program in choice theory—not a single theory—and understanding this diversity is essential to any methodological analysis of the program. Second, to explore some of the existing criticisms of revealed preference theory in a way that emphasizes how the effectiveness of the critique depends on the particular (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (1990). Thirteen Theses on Progress in Economic Methodology. Finnish Economic Papers 3:72-76.
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    D. Wade Hands (2012). Realism, Commonsensibles, and Economics:The Case of Contemporary Revealed Preference Theory. In Aki Lehtinen, Jaakko Kuorikoski & Petri Ylikoski (eds.), Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics. Routledge 156-178.
    This paper challenges Mäki's argument about commonsensibles by offering a case study from contemporary microeconomics – contemporary revealed preference theory (hereafter CRPT) – where terms like "preference," "utility," and to some extent "choice," are radical departures from the common sense meanings of these terms. Although the argument challenges the claim that economics is inhabited solely by commonsensibles, it is not inconsistent with such folk notions being common in economic theory.
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  8. D. Wade Hands (1985). The Structuralist View of Economic Theories: A Review Essay: The Case of General Equilibrium in Particular. Economics and Philosophy 1 (2):303-.
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    D. Wade Hands (1997). Caveat Emptor: Economics and Contemporary Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science 64 (4):116.
    The relationship between economics and the philosophy of natural science has changed substantially during the last few years. What was once exclusively a one-way relationship from philosophy to economics now seems to be much closer to bilateral exchange. The purpose of this paper is to examine this new relationship. First, I document the change. Second, I examine the situation within contemporary philosophy of science in order to explain why economics might have its current appeal. Third, I consider (...)
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  10. D. Wade Hands (1992). Metaphysics, Economics and Progress: A Comment on Glass and Johnson. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 43 (2):241-244.
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    D. Wade Hands (2004). 10 Constructivism: The Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge. In John Bryan Davis & Alain Marciano (eds.), The Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy. Edward Elgar Pub. 197.
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    D. Wade Hands (1991). The Problem of Excess Content: Economics, Novelty and a Long Popperian Tale. In Mark Blaug & Neil de Marchi (eds.), Appraising Economic Theories: Studies in the Methodology of Research Programs. Edward Elgar 58-75.
    The paper traces the sequence of events which brought Popperian philosophy (including Lakatos) to its position on the issues of excess content, novelty and scientific progress. The general approach is to analyze Popper's and Lakatos's positions on these issues as an appropriate response to a particular philosophical problem situation in which they found themselves. The paper closes with a discussion of how these issues relate to economics and economic methodology.
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  13. D. Wade Hands (1993). Testing, Rationality and Progress: Essays on the Popperian Tradition in Economic Methodology. Roman and Littlefield.
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    D. Wade Hands (1994). The Sociology of Scientific Knowlege and Economics: Some Thoughts on the Possibilities. In Roger Backhouse (ed.), New Perspectives in Economic Methodology. Routledge 75-106.
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    D. Wade Hands (2008). Introspection, Revealed Preference and Neoclassical Economics: A Critical Response to Don Ross on the Robbins-Samuelson Argument Pattern. Journal of the History of Economic Thought 30:1-26.
    Abstract: Don Ross’ Economic Theory and Cognitive Science (2005) provides an elaborate philosophical defense of neoclassical economics. He argues that the central features of neoclassical theory are associated with what he calls the Robbins-Samuelson argument pattern and that it can be reconciled with recent developments in experimental and behavioral economics, as well as contemporary cognitive science. This paper argues that Ross’ Robbins-Samuelson argument pattern is not in the work of either Robbins or Samuelson and in many ways is in conflict (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (1994). Blurred Boundaries: Recent Changes in the Relationship Between Economics and the Philosophy of Natural Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (5):751-772.
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  17. D. Wade Hands (2012). The Positive-Normative Dichotomy and Economics. In Uskali Mäki (ed.), Philosophy of Economics. Elsevier 219-39.
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    D. Wade Hands (2007). 2006 HES Presidential Address: A Tale of Two Mainstreams: Economics and Philosophy of Natural Science in the Mid-Twentieth Century. Journal of the History of Economic Thought 29:1-13.
    Abstract: The paper argues that mainstream economics and mainstream philosophy of natural science had much in common during the period 1945-1965. It examines seven common features of the two fields and suggests a number of historical developments that might help explain these similarities. The historical developments include: the Vienna Circle connection, the Samuelson-Harvard-Foundations connection, and the Cold War operations research connection.
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    D. Wade Hands (1992). More Light and Less Heat Mirowski on Economics and the Energy Metaphor. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (1):97-111.
    Review Article on Mirowski's More Heat Than Light (1989).
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    D. Wade Hands (2001). Economic Methodology is Dead - Long Live Economic Methodology: Thirteen Theses on the New Economic Methodology. Journal of Economic Methodology 8 (1):49-63.
    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 (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (1994). Restabilizing Dynamics: Construction and Constraint in the History of Walrasian Stability Theory. Economics and Philosophy 10 (2):243.
    In Stabilizing Dynamics Roy Weintraub provides a history of stability theory from the work of Hicks and Samuelson in the late 1930s to the Gale and Scarf counterexamples in the 1960s. Unlike his earlier work in the history of general equilibrium theory this recent contribution is not an attempt to fit the Walrasian program into the narrow framework of some particular philosophy of natural science. Rather, the theme in Stabilizing Dynamics is broadly social constructivist. Simply put, the constructivist view of (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (1995). Social Epistemology Meets the Invisible Hand: Kitcher on the Advancement of Science. Dialogue 34 (03):605-.
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    D. Wade Hands (2003). Did Milton Friedman's Methodology License the Formalist Revolution? Journal of Economic Methodology 10 (4):507-520.
    This paper examines two conflicting views that have emerged within the recent methodological literature regarding the relationship between Friedman 's famous essay and the formalist revolution. I focus on three influential contributors to this ongoing debate: Mark Blaug, Terence Hutchison, and Thomas Mayer. Blaug and Hutchison have argued repeatedly that Friedman 's essay licensed the formalist revolution while Mayer has argued precisely the opposite; the formalist revolution was a result of not following Friedman 's methodological advice. The juxtaposition of these (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (1987). Human Agency and Language: Philosophical Papers I, Charles Taylor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985, 294 Pages.Philosophy and the Human Sciences: Philosophical Papers II, Charles Taylor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985, 337 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 3 (1):172.
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    D. Wade Hands (2003). Reconsidering the Received View of the 'Received View': Kant, Kuhn, and the Demise of Positivist Philosophy of Science. Social Epistemology 17 (2 & 3):169 – 173.
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    D. Wade Hands (2014). Normative Ecological Rationality: Normative Rationality in the Fast-and-Frugal-Heuristics Research Program. Journal of Economic Methodology 21 (4):396-410.
    The purpose of this paper is to examine the normative interpretation of the fast-and-frugal research program and in particular to contrast it with the normative reading of rational choice theory and behavioral economics. The ecological rationality of fast-and-frugal heuristics is admittedly a form of normative naturalism – it derives what agents “ought” to do from that which “is” ecologically rational – and the paper will examine how this differs from the normative rationality associated with rational choice theory. I will also (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (1996). Economics and Laudan's Normative Naturalism: Bad News From Instrumental Rationality's Front Line. Social Epistemology 10 (2):137 – 152.
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    D. Wade Hands (2016). Derivational Robustness, Credible Substitute Systems and Mathematical Economic Models: The Case of Stability Analysis in Walrasian General Equilibrium Theory. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 6 (1):31-53.
    This paper supports the literature which argues that derivational robustness can have epistemic import in highly idealized economic models. The defense is based on a particular example from mathematical economic theory, the dynamic Walrasian general equilibrium model. It is argued that derivational robustness first increased and later decreased the credibility of the Walrasian model. The example demonstrates that derivational robustness correctly describes the practices of a particular group of influential economic theorists and provides support for the arguments of philosophers (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (2006). Priority Fights in Economic Science: Paradox and Resolution. Perspectives on Science 14 (2):215-231.
    : Eponymic honor is a common form of professional recognition in economics, as it is in other sciences. There also seems to be convincing evidence that individuals exposed to economic theory behave less cooperatively and more self-interestedly than individuals who have not been exposed to such economic ideas. Taken together these two facts would seem to suggest that the history of economic thought would be a history of rather contentious priority fights. If economists generally behave in self-interested and non-cooperative ways, (...)
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    D. Wade Hands (2007). William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics, by Harro Maas. Cambridge University Press, 2005, XXII+330 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 23 (2):252-256.
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    D. Wade Hands (2013). Introduction to Symposium on ‘Reflexivity and Economics: George Soros's Theory of Reflexivity and the Methodology of Economic Science’. Journal of Economic Methodology 20 (4):303-308.
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    D. Wade Hands (1995). The Philosophy of Natural Science Takes an Economic Turn: Review of Philip Kitcher's The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions. [REVIEW] Journal of Economic Methodology 2:144-148.
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    D. Wade Hands (2002). 17 The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Social Realism in Contemporary Science Studies. In Uskali Mäki (ed.), Fact and Fiction in Economics: Models, Realism and Social Construction. Cambridge University Press 341.
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    D. Wade Hands (2009). Introduction to Symposium on Terence Hutchison and Economic Methodology. Journal of Economic Methodology 16:277-281.
    The article presents the author's perspectives regarding the book "The Significance and Basic Postulates of Economic Theory," by Terence Wilmot Hutchison. He emphasizes two important general themes that emerge from the symposium in total, the great breadth of Hutchison's contribution to economic methodology and a brief introduction on the four individual papers. He mentions some people including Roger Backhouse, John Hart and Ross Emmett as well as the comments of each about Hutchison's works.
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  35. D. Wade Hands (1985). Second Thoughts on Lakatos. History of Political Economy 17:1-16.
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    D. Wade Hands (1992). Economics and the Philosophy of Science, Deborah A. Redman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, Vii + 252 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 8 (2):298-303.
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    D. Wade Hands (2012). Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, & France, 1890s to 1990s. Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (4):442-446.
    Journal of Economic Methodology, Volume 19, Issue 4, Page 442-446, December 2012.
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    D. Wade Hands (2013). Introduction to Symposium on the Explanation Paradox. Journal of Economic Methodology 20 (3):235 - 236.
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    D. Wade Hands (2003). Reflecting on Three Reviews of Reflection Without Rules. Journal of Economic Methodology 10:551-559.
    This paper is the author's response to three reviews of "Reflection Without Rules.".
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    D. Wade Hands (2014). Normative Ecological Rationality: Normative Rationality in the Fast-and-Frugal-Heuristics Research Program. Normative Ecological Rationality: Normative Rationality in the Fast-and-Frugal-Heuristics Research Program 21 (4):396-410.
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    D. Wade Hands (2005). You Want the Social? You Can't Handle the Social! Mirowski on the Secret History of Scientific Philosophy. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (4):726-733.
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    D. Wade Hands (2009). Introduction. Journal of Economic Methodology 16 (3):287-291.
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  43. D. Wade Hands (1988). Ad Hocness in Economics and Popperian Philosophy. In Neil de Marchi (ed.), The Popperian Legacy in Economics and Beyond. Cambridge University Press 121-137.
  44. D. Wade Hands (2003). Book Review Symposium. [REVIEW] Journal of Economic Methodology 10 (4):531-556.
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  45. D. Wade Hands (1992). Deborah A. Redman's "Economics and the Philosophy of Science". Economics and Philosophy 8:298.
     
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  46. D. Wade Hands (1992). No Title Available: Reviews. Economics and Philosophy 8 (2):298-303.
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  47. D. Wade Hands (2008). Philosophy and Economics. In S. N. Durlauf & L. E. Blume (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition. Palgrave 410-420.
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  48. D. Wade Hands (1998). Sociaal Realisme Binnen het Huidige Wetenschapsonderzoek. Krisis 70:38-54.
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