The Popperian Legacy in Economics: Papers Presented at a Symposium in Amsterdam, December 1985

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2008-07-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This volume examines just why and in what sense, Sir Karl Popper's view of empirical falsifiability as the distinguishing characteristic of science has found appeal among economists. The limitations of this tenet, both for a philosophy of science and as a guideline to economic inquiry, are examined, as are several of the proposed alternatives.

Table of Contents

Popper as a philosopher of science
An appraisal of Popperian methodology
The natural order
Popper among the economists
Ad hocness in economics and the Popperian tradition
Popper and the LSE economists
Falsification and trying to do without it
The case for falsification Terence
John Hicks and the methodology of economics
The missing chapter: empirical work and its appraisal
Finding a satisfactory empirical model
The neo-Walrasian program is empirically progressive
Non-Popperian perspectives on economics
The case for pluralism
Thick and thin methodologies in the history of economic thought
Economics as discourse
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