The Rhetoric of Economics / Edition 2

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Overview

A classic in its field, this pathbreaking book humanized the scientific rhetoric of economics to reveal its literary soul. Economics needs to admit that it, like other sciences, works with metaphors and stories. Its most mathematical and statistical moments are properly dominated by comparison and narration, that is to say, human persuasion. The book was McCloskey's opening move in the development of a "humanomics," and unification of the sciences and the humanities on the field of ordinary business life.

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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
  • Sales rank: 988,107
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (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
Exordium
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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