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The Philosophy of Economics: An Anthology

Preface to the second edition from Cambridge University Press, 1994.


Part I. Classic Discussions

1. On the definition and method of political economy   JOHN STUART MILL

2. Objectivity and understanding in economics   MAX WEBER

3. The nature and significance of economic science   LIONEL ROBBINS

4. Economics and human action   FRANK KNIGHT

5. Ideology and method in political economy   KARL MARX

6. The limitations of marginal utility   THORSTEIN VEBLEN

Part II. Positivism and economic methodology

7. On verification in economics   TERENCE W. HUTCHISON

8. On indirect verification   FRITZ MACHLUP

9. The methodology of positive economics   MILTON FRIEDMAN

10. Testability and approximation   HERBERT SIMON

11. Why look under the hood?   DANIEL M. HAUSMAN

Part III. Economics, ideology and ethics

12. Science and ideology   JOSEPH SCHUMPETER

13. Science and ideology in economics   ROBERT SOLOW

14. Economics and moral philosophy   DANIEL M. HAUSMAN AND MICHAEL S. MCPHERSON

Part IV. Special methodological problems
and perspectives

15. On econometric tools   JACOB MARSCHAK

16. Economic model construction and econometrics   JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES

17. The corporation and the economist   DENNIS C. MUELLER

18. The market as a creative process   JAMES M. BUCHANAN AND VIKTOR J. VANBERG

19. Methodological differences between institutional and neoclassical economics    WILLIAM DUGGER

Part V. New directions in economic methodology

20. Paradigms versus research programmes in the history of economics   MARK BLAUG

21. If economics isn't a science, what is it?   ALEXANDER ROSENBERG

22. The rhetoric of economics   DONALD MCCLOSKEY

Selected bibliography


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