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Fact and Fiction in Economics

Fact and Fiction in Economics
Models, Realism and Social Construction

Uskali Mäki, Mark Blaug, Partha Dasgupta, Robert Sugden, Mary Morgan, Nancy Cartwright, Kevin Hoover, Roger Backhouse, Ilkka Niiniluoto, Philip Pettit, Shaun Hargreaves Heap, Raimo Tuomela, Wolfgang Balzer, Neil DeMarchi, Bruce Caldwell, Deirdre McCloskey, Wade Hands, Jesus Zamora Bonilla
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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009577

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  • Bringing together some of the leading figures in the field of economic methodology and philosophy, this collection provides a thoughtful and balanced overview of the current state of debate about the status of economic knowledge. Representing the most current thinking on a topic of enduring interest to economists and philosophers and other social scientists, the book is notable for the extent to which authors from opposing schools of thought engage seriously with their opponents.

    • Brings together most of world's leading experts on economic methodology and philosophy
    • Presents a balanced overview with both sides of debate
    • Accessible and non-technical
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    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009577
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.629kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The dismal queen of the social sciences Uskali Mäki
    Part II. Setting the Scene:
    2. Ugly currents in modern economics Mark Blaug
    3. Modern economics and its critics Partha Dasgupta
    4. Some non-reasons for non-realism about economics Uskali Mäki
    Part III. Economic Theory and Economic Reality:
    5. Credible worlds: the status of theoretical models in economics Robert Sugden
    6. Models, stories and the economic world Mary Morgan
    7. The limits of causal order, from economics to physics Nancy Cartwright
    8. Econometrics and reality Kevin Hoover
    9. Economic models and reality: the role of informal scientific methods Roger Backhouse
    10. Truthlikeness and economic theories Ilkka Niiniluoto
    Part IV. The Constitution of Economic Reality:
    11. Rational choice, functional selection and empty black boxes Philip Pettit
    12. The reality of common cultures Shaun Hargreaves Heap
    13. Collective acceptance and collective attitudes: on the social construction of social reality Raimo Tuomela and Wolfgang Balzer
    14. Putting evidence in its place: John Mill's early struggles with 'facts in concrete' Neil DeMarchi
    15. Hayek and cultural evolution Bruce Caldwell
    Part V. The Institutions of Economics:
    16. You shouldn't want a realism if you have a rhetoric Deirdre McCloskey
    17. The more things change, the more they stay the same: social realism in contemporary science studies Wade Hands
    18. Economists: truth-seekers or rent-seekers Jesus Zamora Bonilla.

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    Uskali Mäki, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    USKALI MÄKI is Professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Academic Director of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics.

    Contributors

    Uskali Mäki, Mark Blaug, Partha Dasgupta, Robert Sugden, Mary Morgan, Nancy Cartwright, Kevin Hoover, Roger Backhouse, Ilkka Niiniluoto, Philip Pettit, Shaun Hargreaves Heap, Raimo Tuomela, Wolfgang Balzer, Neil DeMarchi, Bruce Caldwell, Deirdre McCloskey, Wade Hands, Jesus Zamora Bonilla

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