Reflection without Rules: Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory

Reflection without Rules: Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory

by D. Wade Hands
     
 

"Reflection without Rules offers a comprehensive, pointed exploration of the methodological tradition in economics and the breakdown of the received view within the philosophy of science. Professor Hands investigates the increased role of naturalistic and sociological approaches in methodological debates and examines the roles of pragmatism, discourse, and… See more details below

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"Reflection without Rules offers a comprehensive, pointed exploration of the methodological tradition in economics and the breakdown of the received view within the philosophy of science. Professor Hands investigates the increased role of naturalistic and sociological approaches in methodological debates and examines the roles of pragmatism, discourse, and situatedness in discussions of scientific knowledge before turning to a systematic exploration of more recent developments in economic methodology. The treatment emphasizes the changes taking place in science theory and its relationship to the movement away from a rules-based view of economic methodology. The work will be of interest to all economists concerned with methodological issues as well as philosophers and others studying the relationships between economics and contemporary science theory."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521497152
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
1.1Economic Methodology3
1.2Contemporary Science Theory4
1.3Changing the Subject6
1.4A Reader's Guide8
2The Methodological Tradition in Economics13
2.1The Millian Tradition in Economic Methodology14
2.2Variations on Positivist Themes48
3The Breakdown of the Received View within the Philosophy of Science70
3.1The Received View within the Philosophy of Science72
3.2The Attack on the Received View95
3.3First Round Responses110
3.4Setting the Stage for the Naturalistic Turn125
4The Naturalistic Turn128
4.1Naturalizing Epistemology130
4.2Psychology and the Cognitive Approach to Knowledge141
4.3Encouragement from Darwin: Evolutionary Epistemology154
4.4Eliminative Materialism and the Philosophy of Mind165
5The Sociological Turn172
5.1Society and Scientific Knowledge175
5.2The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge186
5.3Nature, Society, SSK, and Economics199
6Pragmatism, Discourse, and Situatedness213
6.1The Pragmatic Turn215
6.2Neopragmatism and the Discursive Turn241
6.3Feminist Epistemology and Economics260
7Recent Developments in Economic Methodology274
7.1The Popperian Tradition275
7.2The Millian Tradition304
7.3Realist Themes320
7.4Cognitive and Semantic Themes334
8The Economic Turn353
8.1The Economic Turn in Contemporary Science Theory354
8.2The Economics of Science361
8.3The Economics of Scientific Knowledge (ESK)365
8.4Some Final Thoughts on the Economic Turn388
9Conclusion393
9.1Lessons from the New Economic Methodology396
9.2A Few Issues of Concern402
Refernces408
Web Sites460
Index463

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