ISBN-10:
9027712107
ISBN-13:
9789027712103
Pub. Date:
03/31/1981
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Philosophy in Economics: Papers Deriving from and Related to a Workshop on Testability and Explanation in Economics held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979 / Edition 1

Philosophy in Economics: Papers Deriving from and Related to a Workshop on Testability and Explanation in Economics held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979 / Edition 1

by Joseph C. Pitt

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Overview

The essays in this volume are the result of a workshop held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in April, 1979. The assembled group was diverse, comprised of philosophers, economists, and statisticians. But it was not the complete group on which we had initially planned. Richard Rudner was in France on sabbatical and was unable to fly back for the occa­ sion. His untimely death the following summer saddened us all, for we lost not just a colleague but a friend. This book is dedicated to him out of the spirit of friendship and in appreciation for the ground breaking work he did in the philosophy of the social sciences. In addition to the participants, a number of people worked very hard to make our gathering possible. We are especially indebted to Dean Henry Bauer, Dean Ernie Stout and Dean John Ballweg of the College of Arts and Sciences at Virginia Tech for their good will and support, both moral and substantive. We would also like to thank Professor Guy Hammond, Head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, for his council and assistance. Our special thanks to Jeanne Keister and Betty Davis for their patience with unending typing and reservations, and finally to Barbara Kersey, always at hand, ever helpful. Without them nothing would have transpired.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789027712103
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 03/31/1981
Series: The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science , #16
Edition description: 1981
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

On the Role of Fundamental Theory in Positive Economics.- Are General Equilibrium Theories Explanatory?.- New Consumer Theory and the Relations Between Goods.- A Skeptical History of Microeconomic Theory.- Neo-Utilitarian Ethics and the Ordinal Representation Assumption.- Constitutional Choice: Rawls versus Harsanyi.- Some Implications of ‘Theory Absorption’ for Economic Theory and the Economics of Information.- On the Use of Laboratory Experiments in Economics.- Some Logic and History of Hypothesis Testing.- Testing Statistical Testing.

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