Mill's unrevised philosophy of economics: A comment on Hausman

Philosophy of Science 53 (1):89-100 (1986)
Hausman has argued that Mill in the Logic demands verification of qualified, inexact statements if they are to be considered lawlike. This puts Mill in line with a reasonable interpretation of what modern microeconomists are about, but requires the additional hypothesis that Mill abandoned his earlier stress on modal truth in his 1836 essay on the method of economics. The paper maintains that neither textual nor contextual evidence supports this hypothesis. Moreover, it is superfluous if one attends carefully to how Mill conceived economic science, which occupied a peculiar, somewhat isolated place in his own views on the deductive method and on verification
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Margaret Schabas (1987). An Anomaly for Laudan's Pragmatic Model. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 18 (1):43-52.
Daniel M. Hausman (1990). The Deductive Method. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 15 (1):372-388.

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