Economics and the Philosophy of Science

Paperback | July 1, 1993

byDeborah A. Redman

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Economists and other social scientists in this century have often supported economic arguments by referring to positions taken by philosophers of science. This important new book looks at the reliability of this practice and--in the process--provides economists, social scientists, andhistorians with the necessary background to discuss methodological matters with authority. Redman presents an accurate, critical, yet neutral survey of the modern philosophy of science from the Vienna Circle to the present, focusing particularly on logical positivism, sociological explanations ofscience (Polanyi, Fleck, Kuhn), the Popper family, and the history of science. She then deals with economic methodology in the twentieth century, looking at a wide range of methodological positions, especially those supported by positions from the philosophy of science.

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This important new book examines the reliability of this practice, while providing economists, social scientists, and historians with necessary background to discuss methodological matters with authority.

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Economists and other social scientists in this century have often supported economic arguments by referring to positions taken by philosophers of science. This important new book looks at the reliability of this practice and--in the process--provides economists, social scientists, andhistorians with the necessary background to discuss ...

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This important new book examines the reliability of this practice, while providing economists, social scientists, and historians with necessary background to discuss methodological matters with authority.

Deborah A. Redman is at Tubingen University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:July 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195082745

ISBN - 13:9780195082746

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This important new book examines the reliability of this practice, while providing economists, social scientists, and historians with necessary background to discuss methodological matters with authority.

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"Economists and other social scientists in the twentieth century have often supported economic arguments by referring to positions taken by philosophers of science. This important book examines the reliability of this practice, while providing economists, social scientists, and historians withthe necessary background to discuss methodological matters with authority." --University Press Book News