Tool-box or toy-box? Hard obscurantism in economic modeling

Synthese 193 (7):2159-2184 (2016)
“Hard obscurantism” is a species of the genus scholarly obscurantism. A rough intensional definition of hard obscurantism is that models and procedures become ends in themselves, dissociated from their explanatory functions. In the present article, I exemplify and criticize hard obscurantism by examining the writings of eminent economists and political scientists.
Keywords Rational choice theory  Mathematical and statistical modeling  Irrationality  Bad science
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0836-8
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