The Philosophy of Economics

An Anthology

Author: Daniel M. Hausman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521883504

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 527

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An anthology of works on the philosophy of economics, including classic texts and essays exploring specific branches and schools of economics. Completely revamped, this edition contains new selections, a revised introduction and a bibliography. The volume contains 26 chapters organized into five parts: (I) Classic Discussions, (II) Positivist and Popperian Views, (III) Ideology and Normative Economics, (IV) Branches and Schools of Economics and Their Methodological Problems and (V) New Directions in Economic Methodology. It includes crucial historical contributions by figures such as Mill, Marx, Weber, Robbins, Knight, and Veblen and works by most of the leading contemporary figures writing on economic methodology, including five Nobel Laureates in Economics.
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The Philosophy of Economics

An Anthology

Author: Daniel M. Hausman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521459297

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 469

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The second edition of this anthology contains twenty-two classic and more recent pivotal investigations in the philosophy of economics. Recommended readings now follow the selections. Daniel M. Hausman has expanded and updated coverage of such key areas as positivism and economic methodology, and special methodological problems and perspectives. His revised introduction and section introductions not only situate each contribution in its historical and analytical context but also explore current directions in the definition and refinement of economic methodology. The collection will demonstrate to students and professionals in the discipline and other social sciences and the humanities, as well as to a more general audience, what kind of science economics is.
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Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy

Author: Daniel M. Hausman,Michael S. McPherson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139450654

Category: Political Science

Page: 354

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This 2006 book shows through accessible argument and numerous examples how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, how moral philosophy can benefit from economists' analytical tools, and how economic analysis and moral philosophy together can inform public policy. Part I explores rationality and its connections to morality. It argues that in defending their model of rationality, mainstream economists implicitly espouse contestable moral principles. Part II concerns welfare, utilitarianism and standard welfare economics, while Part III considers important moral notions that are left out of standard welfare economics, such as freedom, rights, equality, and justice. Part III also emphasizes the variety of moral considerations that are relevant to evaluating policies. Part IV then introduces technical work in social choice theory and game theory that is guided by ethical concepts and relevant to moral theorizing. Chapters include recommended readings and the book includes a glossary of relevant terms.
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The SAGE Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences

Author: Ian C Jarvie,Jesus Zamora-Bonilla

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446209717

Category: Social Science

Page: 772

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- what is the relationship between the social sciences and the natural sciences? - where do today's dominant approaches to doing social science come from? - what are the main fissures and debates in contemporary social scientific thought? - how are we to make sense of seemingly contrasting approaches to how social scientists find out about the world and justify their claims to have knowledge of it? In this exciting handbook, Ian Jarvie and Jesús Zamora-Bonilla have put together a wide-ranging and authoritative overview of the main philosophical currents and traditions at work in the social sciences today. Starting with the history of social scientific thought, this handbook sets out to explore that core fundamentals of social science practice, from issues of ontology and epistemology to issues of practical method. Along the way it investigates such notions as paradigm, empiricism, postmodernism, naturalism, language, agency, power, culture, and causality. Bringing together in one volume leading authorities in the field from around the world, this book will be a must-have for any serious scholar or student of the social sciences.
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Philosophies of the Sciences

A Guide

Author: Fritz Allhoff

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444315585

Category: Science

Page: 368

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A collection of essays discussing a wide range of sciences and thecentral philosophical issues associated with them, presenting thesciences collectively to encourage a greater understanding of theirassociative theoretical foundations, as well as their relationshipsto each other. Offers a new and unique approach to studying and comparing thephilosophies of a variety of scientific disciplines Explores a wide variety of individual sciences, includingmathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology andeconomics The essays are written by leading scholars in a highlyaccessible style for the student audience Complements more traditional studies of philosophy ofscience
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Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics

Author: Drucilla Barker

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415283878

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 349

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This book edited by two of the most respected figures in feminist economics is a welcome collection that charts and critically analyses how other movements have influenced the development of feminist economics as a distinct discipline.
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The Methodology of Economics

Or, How Economists Explain

Author: Mark Blaug,Blaug Mark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521436786

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 286

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This book examines the nature of economic explanation. The author introduces current thinking in the philosophy of science and reviews the literature on methodology. He looks at the status of welfare economics, and also provides a series of case studies of leading economic controversies, showing how they may be illuminated by paying attention to questions of methodology. A final chapter draws the strands together and gives the author's view of what is wrong with modern economics. This book is a revised and updated edition of a classic work on the methodology of economics.
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New Directions in Economic Methodology

Author: Roger E. Backhouse

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134864396

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

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In recent years there has been a flowering of work on economic methodology. However there is no longer any consensus about which direction this should take or, indeed, even what the role and content of economic methodology should be. This book reflects this diversity. Its contributors are responsible for the major developments in this field and together they give an account of all the major positions which currently prevail in economic methodology. These include attempts to rehabilitate the 'falsification' of Kuhn, Lakatos and Popper, sociology of knowledge approaches, different forms of realism, contributions from the 'rhetoric' project and other perspectives which view the economy as a text.
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McCloskey's Rhetoric

Discourse Ethics in Economics

Author: Benjamin Balak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134373201

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 142

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The rhetoric of economics has long claimed scientific objectivity, however the late, great economist Joan Robinson argued that ‘the purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.’ This unique book examines the use of rhetoric in economics, focusing on the work of Deirdre McCloskey and other major economic philosophers. McCloskey is one of the most recognizable names in economics, yet this is the first real attempt to analyze her work in book form. She views economics as a language that uses all the rhetorical devices of everyday conversation, and her controversial standpoint on judging economics by aesthetic and literary standards has been hugely influential. Utilizing the views of Derrida and Foucualt amongst others, Benjamin Balak analyzes McCloskey’s major texts and critically evaluates the linguistic, literary and philosophical approaches they introduce. This long overdue examination of the methodological and philosophical consequences of McCloskey’s work will be of interest to philosophers and economists alike.
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ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

Author: Yves Smith

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230105737

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Why are we in such a financial mess today? There are lots of proximate causes: over-leverage, global imbalances, bad financial technology that lead to widespread underestimation of risk. But these are all symptoms. Until we isolate and tackle fundamental causes, we will fail to extirpate the disease. ECONned is the first book to examine the unquestioned role of economists as policy-makers, and how they helped create an unmitigated economic disaster. Here, Yves Smith looks at how economists in key policy positions put doctrine before hard evidence, ignoring the deteriorating conditions and rising dangers that eventually led them, and us, off the cliff and into financial meltdown. Intelligently written for the layman, Smith takes us on a terrifying investigation of the financial realm over the last twenty-five years of misrepresentations, naive interpretations of economic conditions, rationalizations of bad outcomes, and rejection of clear signs of growing instability. In eConned, author Yves Smith reveals: --why the measures taken by the Obama Administration are mere palliatives and are unlikely to pave the way for a solid recovery --how economists have come to play a profoundly anti-democratic role in policy --how financial models and concepts that were discredited more than thirty years ago are still widely used by banks, regulators, and investors --how management and employees of major financial firms looted them, enriching themselves and leaving the mess to taxpayers --how financial regulation enabled predatory behavior by Wall Street towards investors --how economics has no theory of financial systems, yet economists fearlessly prescribe how to manage them
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