Economics and Philosophy 35 (3):479-498 (2019)

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Popper’s ‘Situational Analysis’ constitutes his methodological proposal for the social sciences. We claim that the two hallmarks of SA are: that scientists assume they possess a ‘wider’ view of the problem-situation than actors do, and use the model as an ideal ‘benchmark’ scenario to identify the deviation of actors’ actual behaviour from the former. We argue that SA is not a generalization of the neoclassical theory of individual behaviour but captures instead the methodology adopted by modern behavioural economists. Last, we argue that SA highlights a way of acquiring knowledge that has gone unnoticed in the literature.
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