Is history of economic thought a „serious” subject?,„

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the nature of researchmethods in the history of economic thought. In reviewing the“techniques” which are involved in the discipline, four broadercategories are identified: a) textual exegesis; b) “rationalreconstructions”; c) “contextual analysis”; and d) “historical narrative”.After examining these different styles of doing history of economicthought, the paper addresses the question of its appraisal, namely whatis good history of economic thought. Moreover, it is argued that there isa distinction to be made between doing economics and doing history ofeconomic thought. The latter requires the greatest possible respect forcontexts and texts, both published and unpublished; the former entailsconstructing a theoretical framework that is in some respects freer, notbound by derivation, from the authors. Finally, the paper draws uponEconlit records to assess what has been done in the subject in the lasttwo decades in order to frame some considerations on how the pastmay impinge on the future
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