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Pluralism in Economics
New Perspectives in History and Methodology
Pluralism in Economics sheds new light on the various meanings and consequences of pluralist approaches to the history and methodology of economics. The first part focuses on philosophical and methodological issues. The second part contains six case studies which discuss diverse issues but adopt the pluralistic approach recommended in the first part. The contributors attempt to reconcile two major strands of thinking in economic methodology: the 'rhetoric' of economics as advocated by Deirdre McCloskey and the sociological approach which argues that scientific knowledge can be best analysed in the context of a sociological understanding of the scientific enterprise. The book has been prepared under the auspices of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy and presents new work by leading economists from both Europe and North America.
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'... provides a valuable and provocative discussion... particularly good in exploring the variety of things that pluralism might mean...' -- Roger E. Backhouse, Journal of Economic Methodology 'The editors have provided a useful introduction and a thoughtful afterward which complement each other in providing a key for comprehension of all the arguments debated... This book provides readers with valuable material on the actual state of the discussion of pluralism in economics.' -- Giuseppe Fontana, Review of Political Economy 'A nice feature of the volume is comments by discussants for individual chapters or small groups of chapters.' -- Max Steuer, The Economic Journal 'I urge all economists with the slightest interest in the philosophy and methodology of economics to read the eight-page afterword of this book and to ask themselves whether, on balance, they belong in the camp of scientific realists of postmodernists.' -- The late Mark Blaug, The Manchester School