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D. Hands
University of Puget Sound
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    Reflection Without Rules: Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory.D. Wade Hands - 2001 - Cambridge University Press.
    Reflection without Rules offers a comprehensive, pointed exploration of the methodological tradition in economics and the breakdown of the received view within the philosophy of science. Professor Hands investigates economists' use of naturalistic and sociological paradigms to model economic phenomena and assesses the roles of pragmatism, discourse, and situatedness in discussions of economic practice before turning to a systematic exploration of more recent developments in economic methodology. The treatment emphasizes the changes taking place in science theory and its relationship to (...)
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    Derivational Robustness, Credible Substitute Systems and Mathematical Economic Models: The Case of Stability Analysis in Walrasian General Equilibrium Theory.D. Wade Hands - 2016 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 6 (1):31-53.
    This paper supports the literature which argues that derivational robustness can have epistemic import in highly idealized economic models. The defense is based on a particular example from mathematical economic theory, the dynamic Walrasian general equilibrium model. It is argued that derivational robustness first increased and later decreased the credibility of the Walrasian model. The example demonstrates that derivational robustness correctly describes the practices of a particular group of influential economic theorists and provides support for the arguments of philosophers who (...)
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  3. Thirteen Theses on Progress in Economic Methodology.D. Wade Hands - 1990 - Finnish Economic Papers 3:72-76.
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    Normative Ecological Rationality: Normative Rationality in the Fast-and-Frugal-Heuristics Research Program.D. Wade Hands - 2014 - Journal of Economic Methodology 21 (4):396-410.
    The purpose of this paper is to examine the normative interpretation of the fast-and-frugal research program and in particular to contrast it with the normative reading of rational choice theory and behavioral economics. The ecological rationality of fast-and-frugal heuristics is admittedly a form of normative naturalism – it derives what agents “ought” to do from that which “is” ecologically rational – and the paper will examine how this differs from the normative rationality associated with rational choice theory. I will also (...)
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  5. Caveat Emptor: Economics and Contemporary Philosophy of Science.D. Wade Hands - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (4):116.
    The relationship between economics and the philosophy of natural science has changed substantially during the last few years. What was once exclusively a one-way relationship from philosophy to economics now seems to be much closer to bilateral exchange. The purpose of this paper is to examine this new relationship. First, I document the change. Second, I examine the situation within contemporary philosophy of science in order to explain why economics might have its current appeal. Third, I consider some of the (...)
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  6. The Structuralist View of Economic Theories: A Review Essay: The Case of General Equilibrium in Particular.D. Wade Hands - 1985 - Economics and Philosophy 1 (2):303-.
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    Foundations of Contemporary Revealed Preference Theory.D. Wade Hands - 2013 - Erkenntnis 78 (5):1081-1108.
    This paper examines methodological issues raised by revealed preference theory in economics: particularly contemporary revealed preference theory. The paper has three goals. First, to make the case that revealed preference theory is a broad research program in choice theory—not a single theory—and understanding this diversity is essential to any methodological analysis of the program. Second, to explore some of the existing criticisms of revealed preference theory in a way that emphasizes how the effectiveness of the critique depends on the particular (...)
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  8. Mark Blaug on the Normativity of Welfare Economics.D. Wade Hands - 2013 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 6 (3):1-25.
    Abstract: This paper examines Mark Blaug's position on the normative character of Paretian welfare economics: in general, and specifically with respect to his debate with Pieter Hennipman over this question during the 1990s. The paper also clarifies some of the confusions that emerged within the context of this debate, and closes by providing some additional arguments supporting Blaug's position that he himself did not provide.
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  9. Philosophy and Economics.D. Wade Hands - 2008 - In S. N. Durlauf & L. E. Blume (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition. Palgrave. pp. 410-420.
  10. Conjectures and Reputations:The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and the History of Economic Thought.D. Wade Hands - 1997 - History of Political Economy 29:695-739.
  11. Popper, the Rationality Principle and Economic Explanation.D. Wade Hands - 1991 - In G. K. Shaw (ed.), Economics, Culture, and Education: Essays in Honor of Mark Blaug. Edward Elgar. pp. 108-119.
  12. Realism, Commonsensibles, and Economics:The Case of Contemporary Revealed Preference Theory.D. Wade Hands - 2012 - In Aki Lehtinen, Jaakko Kuorikoski & Petri Ylikoski (eds.), Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics. Routledge. pp. 156-178.
    This paper challenges Mäki's argument about commonsensibles by offering a case study from contemporary microeconomics – contemporary revealed preference theory (hereafter CRPT) – where terms like "preference," "utility," and to some extent "choice," are radical departures from the common sense meanings of these terms. Although the argument challenges the claim that economics is inhabited solely by commonsensibles, it is not inconsistent with such folk notions being common in economic theory.
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  13. 2006 HES Presidential Address: A Tale of Two Mainstreams: Economics and Philosophy of Natural Science in the Mid-Twentieth Century.D. Wade Hands - 2007 - Journal of the History of Economic Thought 29:1-13.
    Abstract: The paper argues that mainstream economics and mainstream philosophy of natural science had much in common during the period 1945-1965. It examines seven common features of the two fields and suggests a number of historical developments that might help explain these similarities. The historical developments include: the Vienna Circle connection, the Samuelson-Harvard-Foundations connection, and the Cold War operations research connection.
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  14. The Positive-Normative Dichotomy and Economics.D. Wade Hands - 2012 - In Uskali Mäki (ed.), Philosophy of Economics. Elsevier. pp. 219-39.
     
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  15. Testing, Rationality and Progress: Essays on the Popperian Tradition in Economic Methodology.D. Wade Hands - 1993 - Roman & Littlefield.
    This book brings together ten previously published essays on the philosophy of economics and economic methodology. The general theme is the application of Karl Popper's philosophy of science to economics -- not only by Popper himself but also by other members of the "Popperian school." There are three major issues that surface repeatedly: the applicability of Popper's falsificationist philosophy of science; the applicability of I. Lakatos's "methodology of scientific research programs" to economics; and the question of Popper's "situational analysis" approach (...)
     
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    The Sociology of Scientific Knowlege and Economics: Some Thoughts on the Possibilities.D. Wade Hands - 1994 - In Roger Backhouse (ed.), New Perspectives in Economic Methodology. Routledge. pp. 75-106.
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    Review Of: Human Agency and Language by Charles Taylor.D. Wade Hands - 1987 - Economics and Philosophy 3 (1):172-175.
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    Orthodox and Heterodox Economics in Recent Economic Methodology.D. Wade Hands - 2015 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 8 (1):61.
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  19. More Light and Less Heat Mirowski on Economics and the Energy Metaphor.D. Wade Hands - 1992 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (1):97-111.
    Review Article on Mirowski's More Heat Than Light (1989).
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    Review of William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics. [REVIEW]D. Wade Hands - 2007 - Economics and Philosophy 23 (2):252-256.
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    Blurred Boundaries: Recent Changes in the Relationship Between Economics and the Philosophy of Natural Science.D. Wade Hands - 1994 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (5):751-772.
  22. 10 Constructivism: The Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge.D. Wade Hands - 2004 - In John Bryan Davis & Alain Marciano (eds.), The Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy. Edward Elgar. pp. 197.
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  23. Introspection, Revealed Preference and Neoclassical Economics: A Critical Response to Don Ross on the Robbins-Samuelson Argument Pattern.D. Wade Hands - 2008 - Journal of the History of Economic Thought 30:1-26.
    Abstract: Don Ross’ Economic Theory and Cognitive Science (2005) provides an elaborate philosophical defense of neoclassical economics. He argues that the central features of neoclassical theory are associated with what he calls the Robbins-Samuelson argument pattern and that it can be reconciled with recent developments in experimental and behavioral economics, as well as contemporary cognitive science. This paper argues that Ross’ Robbins-Samuelson argument pattern is not in the work of either Robbins or Samuelson and in many ways is in conflict (...)
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    The Structuralist View of Economic Theories: A Review Essay: The Case of General Equilibrium in Particular: D. Wade Hands.D. Wade Hands - 1985 - Economics and Philosophy 1 (2):303-335.
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    The Problem of Excess Content: Economics, Novelty and a Long Popperian Tale.D. Wade Hands - 1991 - In Mark Blaug & Neil de Marchi (eds.), Appraising Economic Theories: Studies in the Methodology of Research Programs. Edward Elgar. pp. 58-75.
    The paper traces the sequence of events which brought Popperian philosophy (including Lakatos) to its position on the issues of excess content, novelty and scientific progress. The general approach is to analyze Popper's and Lakatos's positions on these issues as an appropriate response to a particular philosophical problem situation in which they found themselves. The paper closes with a discussion of how these issues relate to economics and economic methodology.
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    Did Milton Friedman's Methodology License the Formalist Revolution?D. Wade Hands - 2003 - Journal of Economic Methodology 10 (4):507-520.
    This paper examines two conflicting views that have emerged within the recent methodological literature regarding the relationship between Friedman 's famous essay and the formalist revolution. I focus on three influential contributors to this ongoing debate: Mark Blaug, Terence Hutchison, and Thomas Mayer. Blaug and Hutchison have argued repeatedly that Friedman 's essay licensed the formalist revolution while Mayer has argued precisely the opposite; the formalist revolution was a result of not following Friedman 's methodological advice. The juxtaposition of these (...)
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    Social Epistemology Meets the Invisible Hand: Kitcher on the Advancement of Science.D. Wade Hands - 1995 - Dialogue 34 (3):605-.
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    You Want the Social? You Can’T Handle the Social! Mirowski on the Secret History of Scientific Philosophy.D. Wade Hands - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (4):726-733.
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    Economic Methodology is Dead - Long Live Economic Methodology: Thirteen Theses on the New Economic Methodology.D. Wade Hands - 2001 - Journal of Economic Methodology 8 (1):49-63.
    Abstract: The literature on economic methodology has exploded during the last two decades, and yet there really hasn't been any progress on the central methodological question of twenty years ago: What are the exact methodological rules that economists should follow in order to produce legitimate scientific knowledge? In this paper I argue that the lack of progress on this narrow traditional question does not reflect negatively on the efforts of those doing research in economic methodology; rather, it is simply a (...)
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    Restabilizing Dynamics: Construction and Constraint in the History of Walrasian Stability Theory: D. Wade Hands.D. Wade Hands - 1994 - Economics and Philosophy 10 (2):243-283.
    In Stabilizing Dynamics Roy Weintraub provides a history of stability theory from the work of Hicks and Samuelson in the late 1930s to the Gale and Scarf counterexamples in the 1960s. Unlike his earlier work in the history of general equilibrium theory this recent contribution is not an attempt to fit the Walrasian program into the narrow framework of some particular philosophy of natural science. Rather, the theme in Stabilizing Dynamics is broadly social constructivist. Simply put, the constructivist view of (...)
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    Economics and Laudan's Normative Naturalism: Bad News From Instrumental Rationality's Front Line.D. Wade Hands - 1996 - Social Epistemology 10 (2):137 – 152.
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  32. Second Thoughts on Lakatos.D. Wade Hands - 1985 - History of Political Economy 17:1-16.
     
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    Introduction to Symposium on ‘Reflexivity and Economics: George Soros's Theory of Reflexivity and the Methodology of Economic Science’.D. Wade Hands - 2013 - Journal of Economic Methodology 20 (4):303-308.
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    Economics and the Philosophy of Science, Deborah A. Redman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, Vii + 252 Pages. [REVIEW]D. Wade Hands - 1992 - Economics and Philosophy 8 (2):298-303.
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    The Philosophy of Natural Science Takes an Economic Turn: Review of Philip Kitcher's The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions. [REVIEW]D. Wade Hands - 1995 - Journal of Economic Methodology 2:144-148.
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    Introduction to Symposium on the Explanation Paradox.D. Wade Hands - 2013 - Journal of Economic Methodology 20 (3):235 - 236.
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    Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, & France, 1890s to 1990s.D. Wade Hands - 2012 - Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (4):442-446.
    Journal of Economic Methodology, Volume 19, Issue 4, Page 442-446, December 2012.
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    Introduction to Symposium on Terence Hutchison and Economic Methodology.D. Wade Hands - 2009 - Journal of Economic Methodology 16 (3):277-281.
    The article presents the author's perspectives regarding the book "The Significance and Basic Postulates of Economic Theory," by Terence Wilmot Hutchison. He emphasizes two important general themes that emerge from the symposium in total, the great breadth of Hutchison's contribution to economic methodology and a brief introduction on the four individual papers. He mentions some people including Roger Backhouse, John Hart and Ross Emmett as well as the comments of each about Hutchison's works.
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    Reflecting on Three Reviews of Reflection Without Rules.D. Wade Hands - 2003 - Journal of Economic Methodology 10:551-559.
    This paper is the author's response to three reviews of "Reflection Without Rules.".
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    Introduction to Symposium on ‘Patrick Suppes, Economics, and Economic Methodology’.D. Wade Hands - 2016 - Journal of Economic Methodology 23 (3):237-240.
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    17 The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Social Realism in Contemporary Science Studies.D. Wade Hands - 2002 - In Uskali Mäki (ed.), Fact and Fiction in Economics: Models, Realism and Social Construction. Cambridge University Press. pp. 341.
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    Introduction.D. Wade Hands - 2009 - Journal of Economic Methodology 16 (3):287-291.
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    Sociaal Realisme Binnen het Huidige Wetenschapsonderzoek.D. Wade Hands - 1998 - Krisis 70:38-54.
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  44. Ad Hocness in Economics and Popperian Philosophy.D. Wade Hands - 1988 - In Neil de Marchi (ed.), The Popperian Legacy in Economics and Beyond. Cambridge University Press. pp. 121-137.
  45. Book Review Symposium. [REVIEW]D. Wade Hands - 2003 - Journal of Economic Methodology 10 (4):531-556.
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