Essays on Philosophy and Economic Methodology
Cambridge University Press, Nov 27, 1992 - Business & Economics - 259 pages
This collection brings together the essays of one of the foremost American philosophers of economics. Cumulatively they offer fresh perspectives on foundational questions such as: what sort of science is economics? and how successful can economists be in acquiring knowledge of their subject matter?
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What is philosophy of economics? page
METHODOLOGY AND THEORY APPRAISAL
Economic methodology in a nutshell
On the conceptual structure of neoclassical economics a philosophers view
John Stuart Mills philosophy of economics
The deductive method
Why look under the hood?
An appraisal of Popperian methodology
Supply and demand explanations and their ceteris paribus clauses
CASES AND PUZZLES
What are general equilibrium theories?
Explanatory progress in economics
the case of preference reversals
How to do philosophy of economics
Is falsificationism unpractised or unpractisable?
The limits of economic science
CAUSALITY IN ECONOMICS
Are there causal relations among dependent variables?
Classical wage theory and the causal complications of explaining distribution
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