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Routledge INEM Advances in Economic Methodology


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The field of economic methodology has expanded rapidly during the last few decades. This expansion has occurred in part because of changes within the discipline of economics, in part because of changes in the prevailing philosophical conception of scientific knowledge, and also because of various transformations within wider society. Research in economic methodology now reflects not only developments in contemporary economic theory, the history of economic thought, and the philosophy of science; but it also reflects developments in science studies, historical epistemology, and social theorizing more generally. The field of economic methodology still includes the search for rules for the proper conduct of economic science, but it also covers a vast array of other subjects and accommodates a variety of different approaches to those subjects.

The objective of this series is to provide a forum for the publication of significant works in the growing field economic methodology. Since the series defines methodology quite broadly, it will publish books on a wide range of different methodological subjects. The series is also open to a variety of different types of works: original research monographs, edited collections, as well as republication of significant earlier contributions to the methodological literature. The International Network for Economic Methodology (INEM) is proud to sponsor this important series of contributions to the methodological literature.

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The Individual and the Other in Economic Thought

The Individual and the Other in Economic Thought

1st Edition

Edited By Ragip Ege, Herrade Igersheim
July 30, 2018

The Philosophy of Economics primarily considers the economic agent as a moral subject. Economics, however, has long overlooked the agent’s moral – that is to say, reasonable – dimension, to focus instead on the strictly rational. This volume seeks to address this neglected topic through ...

Philosophy of Mathematics and Economics Image, Context and Perspective

Philosophy of Mathematics and Economics: Image, Context and Perspective

1st Edition

By Thomas Boylan, Paschal O'Gorman
March 07, 2018

With the failure of economics to predict the recent economic crisis, the image of economics as a rigorous mathematical science has been subjected to increasing interrogation. One explanation for this failure is that the subject took a wrong turn in its historical trajectory, becoming too ...

Economics for Real Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics

Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics

1st Edition

Edited By Aki Lehtinen, Jaakko Kuorikoski, Petri Ylikoski
November 11, 2016

This book provides the first comprehensive and critical examination of Mäki’s realist philosophy of economics....

Philosophical Problems of Behavioural Economics

Philosophical Problems of Behavioural Economics

1st Edition

By Stefan Heidl
May 10, 2016

The goal of behavioural economics is to improve the explanatory and predictive power of economics. This can be achieved by using theoretical and methodological resources of psychology. Its fundamental idea is that the relationship between psychology and economics cannot be subsumed under standard ...

Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique

Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Downward
March 03, 2016

This intriguing new book examines and analyses the role of critical realism in economics and specifically how this line of thought can be applied to the real world. With contributions from such varying commentators as Sheila Dow, Wendy Olsen and Fred Lee, this new book is unique in its approach and...

The End of Value-Free Economics

The End of Value-Free Economics

1st Edition

Edited By Hilary Putnam, Vivian Walsh
May 30, 2014

This book brings together key players in the current debate on positive and normative science and philosophy and value judgements in economics. Both editors have engaged in these debates throughout their careers from its early foundations; Putnam as a doctorial student of Hans Reichenbach at UCLA ...

Popper and Economic Methodology Contemporary Challenges

Popper and Economic Methodology: Contemporary Challenges

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Boylan, Paschal O'Gorman
April 28, 2014

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 ...

Reassessing the Paradigm of Economics Bringing Positive Economics Back into the Normative Framework

Reassessing the Paradigm of Economics: Bringing Positive Economics Back into the Normative Framework

1st Edition

By Valeria Mosini
October 07, 2013

When President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher adopted the neoliberal doctrine as the paradigm of economics, there was no evidence that the move would have been successful, but thirty years on, the recurrent crises that culminated in 2008 suggest a serious mis-match between expectations and ...

McCloskey's Rhetoric Discourse Ethics in Economics

McCloskey's Rhetoric: Discourse Ethics in Economics

1st Edition

By Benjamin Balak
September 19, 2012

The rhetoric of economics has long claimed scientific objectivity, however the late, great economist Joan Robinson argued that ‘the purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.’ This unique...

Dewey, Pragmatism and Economic Methodology

Dewey, Pragmatism and Economic Methodology

1st Edition

Edited By Elias Khalil
September 13, 2012

This book brings together, for the first time, philosophers of pragmatism and economists interested in methodological questions. The main theoretical thrust of Dewey is to unite inquiry with behavior and this book's contributions assess this insight in the light of developments in modern American ...

Error in Economics Towards a More Evidence–Based Methodology

Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence–Based Methodology

1st Edition

By Julian Reiss
February 01, 2010

What is the correct concept behind measures of inflation? Does money cause business activity or is it the other way around? Shall we stimulate growth by raising aggregate demand or rather by lowering taxes and thereby providing incentives to produce? Policy-relevant questions such as these are of ...

Economics and the Mind

Economics and the Mind

1st Edition

By Barbara Montero, Mark D. White
April 30, 2009

Economics is often defined as the science of choice or human action. But choice and action are essentially mental phenomena, an aspect rarely mentioned in the economics discourse.  Choice, while not always a conscious or rational process, is held to involve beliefs, desires, intentions and ...

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