This book, first published in 1965 with a revised edition in 1977, examines the subject matter and the method of the science of economics. On Economic Knowledge explores the historical trends of economics, the logic of economic science, and whether or not economics can be viewed in itself as a science. This title will be of interest to students of economics.
Table of Contents
Preface to First Edition; Preface to Enlarged Edition; Part One: Can Economics Be a Science?; 1. Man-Matter-Society 2. The Economics of a Market Society 3. Economic Behaviour and the Evolution of Capitalism; Part Two: The Logic of Economic Science; 4. A Model for the Traditional Theory of the Market 5. Toward a Science of Political Economics; Part Three: The Historical Trend of Economic Science; 6. The Origin of Traditional Theory: Adam Smith’s System of Equilibrium Growth 7. An Alternative to the Original System: Karl Marx’s Theory of Cyclical Transformation 8. The Erosion of the Original System: The Post-Classical Pure Economics 9. Emergence of a New System: J. M. Keynes’s Rudiments of Political Economics; Part Four: Aspects of a Science of Political Economics; 10. Instrumental Inference 11. Instrumental Inference in Operation 12. The Vindication of Goals; Part Five: A Postscript; Political Economics in the Late Twentieth Century; Index of Names; Index of Subjects