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Popper and Economic Methodology
Contemporary Challenges

ISBN 9780415758680
Published April 24, 2014 by Routledge

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Book Description

This new book, under the impressive editorship of Thomas Boylan and Paschal O'Gorman, explores a number of major themes central to the work of Karl Popper.

The tensions that have resulted from Popperian thought are well documented. How can mainstream orthodox economics be falsifiable while privileging its core of rationality as unquestionable? This book includes expert contributions from thinkers such as Tony Lawson, K. Vela Velupillai and John McCall, who discuss this issue with renewed academic rigour.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Popper, Economic Methodology and Contemporary Philosophy of Science T.A. Boylan and P.F. O’Gorman  2. Situational Analysis and Popper’s Three World Thesis: The Quest for Understanding P.F. O’Gorman  3. Challenging Popperian Rationality: Wittgenstein and Quine Reconsidered T.A. Boylan  4. Popper and Social Explanation T. Lawson  5. Metaphysics and Growth through Criticism G. Giorello and M. Motterlini  6. Conjectures on a Constructive Approach to Induction J. McCall  7. Demystifying Induction and Falsification: Trans-Popperian Suggestions V. Velupillai

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Thomas A. Boylan is Personal Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Paschal O’Gorman is Personal Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.