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N. Emrah Aydinonat
University of Helsinki
  1. Understanding with Theoretical Models.Petri Ylikoski & N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2014 - Journal of Economic Methodology 21 (1):19-36.
    This paper discusses the epistemic import of highly abstract and simplified theoretical models using Thomas Schelling’s checkerboard model as an example. We argue that the epistemic contribution of theoretical models can be better understood in the context of a cluster of models relevant to the explanatory task at hand. The central claim of the paper is that theoretical models make better sense in the context of a menu of possible explanations. In order to justify this claim, we introduce a distinction (...)
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    The Invisible Hand in Economics: How Economists Explain Unintended Social Consequences.N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2008 - Routledge.
    Introduction -- Unintended consequences -- The origin of money -- Segregation -- The invisible hand -- The origin of money reconsidered -- Models and representation -- Game theory and conventions -- Conclusion.
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  3. Models, Conjectures and Exploration: An Analysis of Schelling's Checkerboard Model of Residential Segregation.N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2007 - Journal of Economic Methodology 14 (4):429-454.
    This paper analyses and explicates the explanatory characteristics of Schelling's checkerboard model of segregation. It argues that the explanation of emergence of segregation which is based on the checkerboard model is a partial potential (theoretical) explanation. Yet it is also argued that despite its partiality, the checkerboard model is valuable because it improves our chances to provide better explanations of particular exemplifications of residential segregation. The paper establishes this argument by way of examining the several ways in which the checkerboard (...)
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    Three Conceptions of a Theory of Institutions.N. Emrah Aydinonat & Petri Ylikoski - 2018 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 48 (6):550-568.
    We compare Guala’s unified theory of institutions with that of Searle and Greif. We show that unification can be many things and it may be associated with diverse explanatory goals. We also highlight some of the important shortcomings of Guala’s account: it does not capture all social institutions, its ability to bridge social ontology and game theory is based on a problematic interpretation of the type-token distinction, and its ability to make social ontology useful for social sciences is hindered by (...)
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    Philosophy of Economics Rules: Introduction to the Symposium.N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2018 - Journal of Economic Methodology 25 (3):211-217.
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    Argumentative Landscapes: The Functions of Models in Social Epistemology.N. Emrah Aydinonat, Samuli Reijula & Petri Ylikoski - forthcoming - Synthese:1-27.
    We argue that the appraisal of models in social epistemology requires conceiving of them as argumentative devices, taking into account the argumentative context and adopting a family-of-models perspective. We draw up such an account and show how it makes it easier to see the value and limits of the use of models in social epistemology. To illustrate our points, we document and explicate the argumentative role of epistemic landscape models in social epistemology and highlight their limitations. We also claim that (...)
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    Neuroeconomics: More Than Inspiration, Less Than Revolution.N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2010 - Journal of Economic Methodology 17 (2):159-169.
    Gul and Pesendorfer (2008) argue that neuroeconomics is evidentially and explanatorily irrelevant to economics, because neuroeconomics and economics ask different questions and utilize different abstractions. They suggest neuroeconomics is only relevant as a source of inspiration for economists. The present paper accepts their basic premise and asks whether the fact that neuroeconomics and economics ask different questions implies that neuroeconomics is irrelevant. The paper argues that Gul and Pesendorfer overlook some important respects in which neuroeconomics is relevant for economics. First, (...)
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    Dani Rodrik's Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015, 272 Pp. [REVIEW]N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2015 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 8 (2):94.
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    The Two Images of Economics: Why the Fun Disappears When Difficult Questions Are at Stake?N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2012 - Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (3):243-258.
    The image of economics got somewhat puzzling after the crisis of 2008. Many economists now doubt that economics is able to provide answers to some of its core questions. The crisis was not so fun for economics. However, this not so fun image of economics is not the only image in the eyes of the general public. When one looks at economics-made-fun (EMF) books (e.g. Freakonomics, The Undercover Economist, etc.), economics seems to be an explanatory science which is able to (...)
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  10. Economics Made Fun: Philosophy of the Pop-Economics.N. Emrah Aydinonat & Jack J. Vromen (eds.) - 2015 - London: Routledge.
    Best-selling books such as Freakonomics and The Undercover Economist have paved the way for the flourishing economics-made-fun genre. While books like these present economics as a strong and explanatory science, the ongoing economic crisis has exposed the shortcomings of economics to the general public. In the face of this crisis, many people, including well-known economists such as Paul Krugman, have started to express their doubts about whether economics is a success as a science. As well as academic papers, newspaper columns (...)
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    Is Spontaneous Order a Value-Free Descriptive Methodological Tool?N. Emrah Aydinonat - 2010 - Journal of Economic Methodology 17 (4):448-452.
    Review of Adam Smith’s political philosophy: the invisible hand and spontaneous order, by Craig Smith, London: Routledge, 2006, i –vi þ 209 pp., US$147.29 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-415-36094-4.
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