The Rhetoric of Economics / Edition 2

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A classic in its field, this pathbreaking book humanized the scientific rhetoric of economics to reveal its literary soul. "McCloskey's target is the pretentious scientism in which economists couch their mutual persuasions--a scientism that lingers on as the near-official language of economics discourse long after its inadequacies have been recognized by philosophers and scientists".--NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS.
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“The most thoughtful book on economics in years.”—Philadelphia Enquirer

“McCloskey takes aim at the ‘dismal science’s’ scientific pretensions in this pathfinding, elegantly written, and intellectually razor-sharp book.”—Washington Post

“McCloskey must be credited with the singular achievement of introducing the major philosophers of the twentieth century into a discussion of the methodology of economics.”—Times Literary Supplement

“McCloskey’s target is the pretentious scientism in which economists couch their mutual persuasions—a scientism that lingers on as the near-official language of economics discourse long after its inadequacies have been recognized by philosophers and scientists.”—New York Review of Books

“The importance of McCloskey’s work cannot be overstated.”—Quarterly Journal of Speech

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299158149
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Rhetoric of the Human Sciences Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Deirdre N. McCloskey is the UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
1 How to do a Rhetorical Analysis of Economics, and Why 3
2 The Literary Character of Economic Science 20
3 Figures of Economic Speech 35
4 The Rhetoric of Scientism: How John Muth Persuades 52
5 The Problem of Audience in Historical Economics: Robert Fogel as Rhetor 74
6 The Lawerly Rhetoric of Coase's "The Nature of the Firm" 87
7 The Unexamined Rhetoric of Economic Quantification 100
8 The Rhetoric of Significance Tests 112
9 The Poverty of Economic Modernism 139
10 From Methodology to Rhetoric 156
11 Anti-Anti-Rhetoric 168
12 Since Rhetoric: Prospects for a Scientific Economics 187
Bibliography 195
Index 219
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