Philosophy of Economics

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Uskali Mäki
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444516763
eBook ISBN: 9780080930770
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 23rd April 2012
Page Count: 928
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Table of Contents

Dedication

General Preface

Preface

Contributors

Part A General Philosophical Themes

Realism and Antirealism About Economics

1 Introduction

2 Scientific Realism in Conventional Philosophy of Science

3 Ingredients of a Minimal Scientific Realism

4 Commonsensibles and their Modifications in Economic Modelling

5 Social Construction (What?) of What?

6 Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Rise and fall of Popper and Lakatos in Economics

1 Introduction

2 Early Engagements with Popper

3 Lakatos and the Emergence of Economic Methodology

4 The Movement from Popper and Lakatos

5 Appraising Economic Theories

6 Methodology After Lakatos

7 Conclusions

Acknowledgements

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Models and Modelling in Economics

1 Introduction

2 Nature of Economic Models

3 Working with Models

4 Conclusions: From Models to Modelling

Acknowledgements

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Economic Theory and Causal Inference

1 Reductionist and Structuralist Accounts of Causality

2 Structual Estimation and Causality

3 The Assault on Macroeconometric Models

4 Inferring Causes from Interventions

5 Graph-Theoretic Accounts of Causal Structure

6 A Synthetic Program for Uncovering The Causal Structure of Vars

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Naturalism and the Nature of Economic Evidence

1 Naturalism and Evidence

2 Nonexperimental Evidence

3 Experimental Evidence

4 Evidence and Unrealistic Causal Models

Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Some Issues Concerning the Nature of Economic Explanation

1 Some Controversies About Explanation

2 Formal Criteria for Explanation in Economics

3 Theoretical Entities and Explanation

4 When do Models Explain?

5 Macro and Microexplanatio


Description

Part of the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series edited by:

Dov M. Gabbay King's College, London, UK;
Paul Thagard University of Waterloo, Canada; and
John Woods University of British Columbia, Canada.

Philosophy of Economics investigates the foundational concepts and methods of economics, the social science that analyzes the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. This groundbreaking collection, the most thorough treatment of the philosophy of economics ever published, brings together philosophers, scientists and historians to map out the central topics in the field. The articles are divided into two groups. Chapters in the first group deal with various philosophical issues characteristic of economics in general, including realism and Lakatos, explanation and testing, modeling and mathematics, political ideology and feminist epistemology. Chapters in the second group discuss particular methods, theories and branches of economics, including forecasting and measurement, econometrics and experimentation, rational choice and agency issues, game theory and social choice, behavioral economics and public choice, geographical economics and evolutionary economics, and finally the economics of scientific knowledge. This volume serves as a detailed introduction for those new to the field as well as a rich source of new insights and potential research agendas for those already engaged with the philosophy of economics.

Key Features

  • Provides a bridge between philosophy and current scientific findings
  • Encourages multi-disciplinary dialogue
  • Covers theory and applications

Readership

Researchers in all branches of the philosophy of science, as well as graduate students and senior undergraduates as well as scientists and their students who are interested in methodological issues that arise in their fields


Details

No. of pages:
928
Language:
English
Copyright:
© North Holland 2012
Published:
Imprint:
North Holland
eBook ISBN:
9780080930770
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444516763

About the Series Volume Editors

Uskali Mäki Series Volume Editor