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The Boundaries of Economics

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Gordon C. Winston, Donald N. McCloskey, John Gray, Michael S. McPherson, Daniel M. Hausman
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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022507

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  • The essays in this book explore some of the important areas of the long boundary between economics and intellectually adjacent disciplines, by placing the neoclassical paradigm in the broader context of these other social sciences. Written by economists and philosophers, these papers examine the themes that complicate the conventional economist's view of the world and thereby provide a notably more complex (and humane) subject than the traditional homo economicus. In analyzing these "imperialist forays" from the field and "territorial invasions" upon it, the contributors seek to understand what it is that separates economics from the other kinds of inquiry and to expound upon the actual limits of economics. They also look at the shifts and changes in the boundaries of what is considered economics.

    • Brings economists and philosophers together
    • Looks at how other disciplines have changed the practice of economics
    • Asks penetrating questions about the fundamental beliefs of economists
    • Written by leading economists in the fields of economics and philosophy
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    "...a stimulating collection of accessible discussions of the methodological concerns facing economics. It combines brevity with a range of issues, which makes it an attractive intellectual opportunity for the reading-overburdened." History of Political Economy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022507
    • length: 136 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.212kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Introduction Gordon C. Winston
    2. Towards a rhetoric of economics Donald N. McCloskey
    3. Three problems with the treatment of time in economics: perspectives, repetitiveness and time units Gordon C. Winston
    4. Hayek, the Scottish school and contemporary economics John Gray
    5. Reuniting economics and philosophy Michael S. McPherson
    6. Economic methodology and philosophy of science Daniel M. Hausman

  • Editors

    Gordon C. Winston, Williams College, Massachusetts

    Richard F. Teichgraeber III, Tulane University, Louisiana


    Gordon C. Winston, Donald N. McCloskey, John Gray, Michael S. McPherson, Daniel M. Hausman

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