Identity Problems: An Interview with John B. Davis


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Thomas R. Wells
Tilburg University
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In this interview, professor Davis discusses the evolution of his career and research interests as a philosopher-economist and gives his perspective on a number of important issues in the field. He argues that historians and methodologists of economics should be engaged in the practice of economics, and that historians should be more open to philosophical analysis of the content of economic ideas. He suggests that the history of recent economics is a particularly fruitful and important area for research exactly because it is an open-ended story that is very relevant to understanding the underlying concerns and concepts of contemporary economics. He discusses his engagement with heterodox economics schools, and their engagement with a rapidly changing mainstream economics. He argues that the theory of the individual is “the central philosophical issue in economics” and discusses his extensive contributions to the issue.
Keywords Economics  Personal Identity  Philosophy of Economics  History of Economics  Heterodox Economics
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Reprint years 2012
DOI 10.23941/ejpe.v5i2.113
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