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  1. Truth Versus Precision in EconomicsThomas Mayer Aldershot, UK: Edward Elgar, 1993, X + 192 Pp. US$49.95. [REVIEW]John Nicholas - 1995 - Dialogue 34 (3):642-646.
  2. Reorienting Economics: New Horizons.Brian Pinkstone - 2003 - Journal of Critical Realism 2 (1):149-155.
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  3. Les origines de la distinction entre positif et normatif en économie.Philippe Mongin - 2018 - Revue Philosophique De Louvain 116:451–480.
    Abstract: Economists are accustomed to distinguishing between a positive and a normative component of their work, a distinction that is peculiar to their field, having no exact counterpart in the other social sciences. The distinction has substantially changed over time, and the different ways of understanding it today are reflective of its history. Our objective is to trace the origins and initial forms of the distinction, from the English classical political economy of the first half of the 19th century to (...)
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  4. Critical Reflections on a Realist Interpretation of Friedman’s ‘Methodology of Positive Economics’.Edward Mariyani-Squire - 2017 - Journal of Economic Methodology 24 (1):69-89.
    Uskali Mäki has offered an innovative scientific realist account of Milton Friedman’s 1953 essay, ‘The Methodology of Positive Economics’, which directly challenges the dominant instrumentalist interpretation. This paper offers critical reflections on Mäki’s approach and interpretation. It is argued that Mäki’s method of rereading-rewriting the text is problematic; that an unforced instrumentalist account of unrealistic assumptions can be extracted from the text itself; and that seemingly realist passages can be plausibly read as expressing an instrumentalist stance.
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  5. The Critical Realist Conception of Open and Closed Systems.Steve Fleetwood - 2017 - Journal of Economic Methodology 24 (1):41-68.
    The critical realist conception of open and closed systems is not about systems: it is about regularities in the flux of events and states of affairs. It has recently been criticised on the grounds that critical realists should take on board ideas about the general nature of systems; recognise that genuinely open social systems would be impossible; avoid polarities or dualisms where either there are event regularities and open systems, or there are no event regularities and closed systems and accept (...)
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  6. Review of More Heat Than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics by Philip Mirowski. [REVIEW]Margaret Schabas - 1992 - Philosophy of Science 59 (4):708-710.
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  7. Critical Economic Methodology, A Personal Odyssey.David W. Versailles - 1998 - Journal de Economistes Et des Etudes Humaines 8 (1):155-162.
  8. Response to Tony Lawson: Sociology Versus Economics and Philosophy.Douglas Porpora - 2016 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 46 (4):420-425.
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  9. The Philosophy of Economics: An Anthology.Daniel M. Hausman (ed.) - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    An anthology of works on the philosophy of economics, including classic texts and essays exploring specific branches and schools of economics. Completely revamped, this edition contains new selections, a revised introduction and a bibliography. The volume contains 26 chapters organized into five parts: Classic Discussions, Positivist and Popperian Views, Ideology and Normative Economics, Branches and Schools of Economics and Their Methodological Problems and New Directions in Economic Methodology. It includes crucial historical contributions by figures such as Mill, Marx, Weber, Robbins, (...)
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  10. Economic Behavior and Institutions: Principles of Neoinstitutional Economics.Thrainn Eggertsson - 1990 - Cambridge University Press.
    An important research programme has developed in economics that extends neo-classical economic theory in order to examine the effects of institutions on economic behaviour. The body of work emerging from this line of inquiry includes contributions from various branches of economic theory, such as the economics of property rights, the theory of the firm, cliometrics and law and economics. This book is a comprehensive survey of this research programme which the author terms 'neoinstitutional economics'. The author proposes a unified approach (...)
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  11. Knowledge and Persuasion in Economics.Deirdre N. McCloskey - 1994 - Cambridge University Press.
    Is economics a science? Deidre McCloskey says 'Yes, but'. Yes, economics measures and predicts, but - like other sciences - it uses literary methods too. Economists use stories as geologists do, and metaphors as physicists do. The result is that the sciences, economics among them, must be read as 'rhetoric', in the sense of writing with intent. McCloskey's books, The Rhetoric of Economics and If You're So Smart, have been widely discussed. In Knowledge and Persuasion in Economics he converses with (...)
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  12. Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge.E. Roy Weintraub - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Today, economic theory is a mathematical theory, but that was not always the case. Major changes in the ways economists presented their arguments to one another occurred between the late 1930s and the early 1950s; over that period the discipline became mathematized. Professor Weintraub, a noted scholar of the modern history of economic thought, argues that those changes were not merely cosmetic: The mathematical forms of the arguments significantly altered the substance of the arguments. Stabilizing Dynamics is particularly concerned with (...)
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  13. The Methodology of Economics: Or, How Economists Explain.Mark Blaug - 1992 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book is an examination of the nature of economic explanation. The opening chapters introduce current thinking in the philosophy of science and review the literature on methodology. Professor Blaug then turns to the troublesome question of the logical status of welfare economics, giving the reader an understanding of the outstanding issues in the methodology of economics. This is followed by a series of case studies of leading economic controversies, which shows how controversies in economics may be illuminated by paying (...)
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  14. The Economics of Economists: Institutional Setting, Individual Incentives, and Future Prospects.Alessandro Lanteri & Jack Vromen (eds.) - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    The profession of academic economics has been widely criticized for being excessively dependent on technical models based on unrealistic assumptions about rationality and individual behavior, and yet it remains a sparsely studied area. This volume presents a series of background readings on the profession by leading scholars in the history of economic thought and economic methodology. Adopting a fresh critique, the contributors investigate the individual incentives prevalent in academic economics, describing economists as rational actors who react to their intellectual environment (...)
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  15. Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge.E. Roy Weintraub - 1991 - Cambridge University Press.
    Today, economic theory is a mathematical theory, but that was not always the case. Major changes in the ways economists presented their arguments to one another occurred between the late 1930s and the early 1950s; over that period the discipline became mathematized. Professor Weintraub, a noted scholar of the modern history of economic thought, argues that those changes were not merely cosmetic: The mathematical forms of the arguments significantly altered the substance of the arguments. Stabilizing Dynamics is particularly concerned with (...)
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  16. Has Game Theory Been Refuted?Francesco Guala - 2005 - Journal of Philosophy 103 (5):239-263.
    The answer in a nutshell is: Yes, five years ago, but nobody has noticed. Nobody noticed because the majority of social scientists subscribe to one of the following views: (1) the ‘anomalous’ behaviour observed in standard prisoner’s dilemma or ultimatum game experiments has refuted standard game theory a long time ago; (2) game theory is flexible enough to accommodate any observed choices by ‘refining’ players’ preferences; or (3) it is just a piece of pure mathematics (a tautology). None of these (...)
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  17. Who's Who in Economics: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700-1986Mark Blaug.Theodore M. Porter - 1987 - Isis 78 (1):92-93.
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  18. The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics.Andrew Caplin & Andrew Schotter (eds.) - 2008 - Oxford University Press USA.
    The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Handbook is the first book in a new series by Andrew Caplin and Andrew Schotter. There is currently no guide available on the rapidly changing methodological frontiers of the field of economics. Economists have been introducing new theories and new sources of data at a remarkable rate in recent years, and there are widely divergent views both on how productive these expansions have been in the past, and how best to make progress (...)
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  19. Economics is Not Always Performative: Some Limits for Performativity.Nicolas Brisset - 2016 - Journal of Economic Methodology 23 (2):160-184.
    The phenomenon of performativity has recently sparked debates about the status of the economic discourse. This paper aims to discuss the subjectivist idea that if economics ‘performs’ social reality, rather than merely reflects it, then every theory can be considered ‘true.’ My main goal is to point out three limits of performativity. First, not all theories can be performative since some do not produce empirical landmarks for agents. Second, social institutions restrict performativity. Third, I emphasize the necessity that a theory (...)
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  20. Economic Methodology Into the Practice of Economics.Vítor Neves - 2016 - Journal of Economic Methodology 23 (1):120-126.
  21. ‘On the Econ Within’: A Reply to Daniel Hausman.Gerardo Infante, Guilhem Lecouteux & Robert Sugden - 2016 - Journal of Economic Methodology 23 (1):33-37.
    This note replies to a comment by Daniel Hausman on our paper ‘Preference purification and the inner rational agent: a critique of the conventional wisdom of behavioural welfare economics’. We clarify our characterisation of behavioural welfare economics and acknowledge that Hausman does fully endorse this approach. However, we argue that Hausman’s response to our critique, like behavioural welfare economics itself, implicitly uses a model of an inner rational agent.
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  22. A Logical Critique of Mathematical Formalism in Economics.Ken Dennis - 1996 - Journal of Economic Methodology 3 (1):151-169.
  23. Economic Rebel in Retrospect.Steven G. Medema - 2015 - Journal of Economic Methodology 22 (4):517-520.
    Mark Blaug's contributions to economics were many and significant. This essay provides a review of Mark Blaug: Rebel with Many Causes, edited by Marcel Boumans and Matthias Klaes, which collects papers from a set of conferences organized in Blaug's memory.
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  24. CSR I Milton Friedman. Opowieść Wigilijna I Zły Kapitalista.Katarzyna Guczalska - 2014 - Principia 60.
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  25. Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique.Paul Downward (ed.) - 2016 - Routledge.
    This intriguing new book examines and analyses the role of critical realism in economics and specifically how this line of thought can be applied to the real world. With contributions from such varying commentators as Sheila Dow, Wendy Olsen and Fred Lee, this new book is unique in its approach and will be of great interest to both economic methodologists and those involved in applied economic studies.
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  26. Intellectual Path Dependence in Economics: Why Economists Do Not Reject Refuted Theories.Altug Yalcintas - 2016 - Routledge.
    Is economics always self-corrective? Do erroneous theorems permanently disappear from the market of economic ideas? _Intellectual Path Dependence in Economics _argues that errors in economics are not always corrected. Although economists are often critical and open-minded, unfit explanations are nonetheless able to reproduce themselves. The problem is that theorems sometimes survive the intellectual challenges in the market of economic ideas even when they are falsified or invalidated by criticism and an abundance of counter-evidence. A key question which often gets little (...)
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  27. Classical Economics Ii: The Critical Reviews: 1816-1820.Donald Rutherford (ed.) - 1999 - Routledge.
    This set focuses on the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, when the United Kingdom was rocked by a succession of economic crises. It includes articles by J.R. McCulloch, Sydney Smith and Robert Southey. Themes addressed include: * the response to Ricardo and the development of Ricardian economics * the conduct of colonial policy with special reference to the East India Company * the poor laws * banking and currency questions * continuing discussion of Malthus on population. The articles are supplemented (...)
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  28. Reorienting Economics.Tony Lawson - 2003 - Routledge.
    This eagerly anticipated new book from Tony Lawson contends that economics can profit from a more explicit concern with ontology than has been its custom. By admitting that economics is not exactly a picture of health at the moment, Lawson hopes that we can move away from the bafflingly intransigent belief that economics is at its core reliant upon mathematical modelling. This maths-envy is the reason why economics is in a state of such disarray. Far from being a polemic against (...)
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  29. Multidisciplinary Economics: A Methodological Account.Piet Keizer - 2015 - Oxford University Press UK.
    The book argues that mainstream economists, who base their analyses only on the economic motivation of people, fail to explain and understand real-life economic phenomena. The economic crisis, which began in 2008, illustrates the relevance of psychic and social motivations, especially when combined with each other. This book discusses orthodox and heterodox economics, and offers the reader ample material on philosophy of science, psychology and sociology. A multidisciplinary economic perspective is constructed in which economics, psychology, and sociology are integrated, and (...)
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  30. The Popperian Legacy in Economics and Beyond.Neil de Marchi (ed.) - 1988 - Cambridge University Press.
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  31. Two Philosophies of the Rhetoric of Economics.I. U. M.äki - unknown
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  32. Commentary On: Jerry Petersen's "The Failure of Certainty: Why Economics Needs Rhetoric".Christian Kock - unknown
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  33. Seeing the Potential of Realism in Economics.Jamie Morgan - 2015 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 45 (2):176-201.
    In this article, I clarify some of the key concepts and commitments of realist social ontology in economics. To do so, I make use of a recent critique of Lawson’s Reorienting Economics by Mohun and Veneziani. Their article provides a useful foil because responding to their critique allows us to emphasize that realism’s claims are more conditional and less controversial than one might otherwise anticipate. The basic claim is that ontology matters and that explicit recognition and consideration of ontological issues (...)
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  34. Katrina Hutchison and Fiona Jenkins : Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?Anna Leuschner - 2015 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 46 (1):245-249.
    The current situation of women in philosophy is not rosy at all. There are a raising number of complaints from female philosophers about their working situation, about getting harassed, discouraged, isolated, or simply ignored. Numerous anecdotes are posted in online forums and weblogs, such as beingawomaninphilosophy.wordpress.com/or feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/. Apart from that, one can simply observe that much more men than women are employed in philosophical departments, give talks at philosophical conferences, and have articles published in philosophical journals. Katrina Hutchison and Fiona (...)
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  35. Individuals, Institutions, Interpretations Hermeneutics Applied to Economics.David L. Prychitko - 1995
  36. Economic Methodology and Freedom to Choose.Patrick J. O'sullivan - 1987
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  37. Science, Rationality, and Neoclassical Economics.L. D. Keita - 1992
  38. Law and Economics New and Critical Perspectives.Robin Paul Malloy & Christopher K. Braun - 1995
  39. Transforming Economics Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project.Paul Lewis (ed.) - 2004 - Routledge.
    Economics has become polarised. On the one hand there is a body of economists who concern themselves with progressing their discipline via an increasing use of mathematical modelling. On the other hand, there are economists who believe passionately that in order for economics to be useful it needs to take account of its history, its impact on society and its real world applications. The contributors to this book fix their scholarly glare on the heterodox section of economics, and in particular (...)
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  40. The Methodology Rather Than the Rhetoric of Economics Mccloskey on Popper and Hume.Hugh V. Mclachlan & J. K. Swales - 1997 - Glasgow Caledonian University.
  41. E. Roy Weintraub: How Economics Became A Mathematical Science. [REVIEW]Marcel Boumans - 2003 - Philosophy of Science 70 (4):852-855.
  42. BLAUG, M.: "The Methodology of Economics". [REVIEW]I. C. Jarvie - 1983 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34:289.
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  43. BOLAND, LAWRENCE A.: "The Foundations of Economic Method". [REVIEW]Jack Birner - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36:215.
  44. Boissier-Hutchison, Tacitus and Other Roman Studies.H. L. Tyng - 1907 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 1:37.
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  45. The Methodology of Economics.M. Blaug - 1983 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (3):289-295.
  46. The Methodology of Economics. Or How Economists Explain.Mark Blaug - 1996 - Erkenntnis 45 (1):129-131.
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  47. Realism From the ‘Lands of Kaleva’: An Interview with Uskali Mäki.Uskali Mäki - 2008 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 1 (1):124-146.
    USKALI MÄKI (Helsinki, 1951) is a philosopher of science and a social scientist, and one of the forerunners of the strong wave of research on the philosophy and methodology of economics that has been expanding during the last three decades. His research interests and academic contributions cover many topics in the philosophy of economics, such as realism and realisticness, idealisation, scientific modelling, causation, explanation, rhetoric, the sociology and economics of economics, and the foundations of new institutional and Austrian economics. He (...)
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  48. Review of Edward Fullbrook’s Ontology and Economics: Tony Lawson and His Critics. [REVIEW]Duncan Hodge - 2011 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 4 (2):123-129.
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  49. Cambridge Social Ontology: An Interview with Tony Lawson.Tony Lawson - 2009 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 2 (1):100-122.
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  50. Review of Uskali Mäki’s The Methodology of Positive Economics: Reflections on the Milton Friedman Legacy. [REVIEW]Julian Reiss - 2010 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):103-110.
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