Tilting at Imaginary Windmills: A Comment on Tyfield

13 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2009 Last revised: 28 Apr 2009

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E. Roy Weintraub

Duke University - Department of Economics

Yann Giraud

THEMA - Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Date Written: March 12, 2009


In the inaugural issue of the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, David Tyfield (2008) used some recent discussions about "meaning finitism" to conclude that the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) is an intellectually hopeless basis on which to erect an intelligible study of science. In contrast, the authors show that Tyfield's argument rests on some profound misunderstandings of the sociology of scientific knowledge. They show that his mischaracterization of SSK is in fact systematic and is based on lines of argument that themselves are at best incoherent.

Keywords: sociology of scientific knowledge, SSK, ESK, economics of scientific knowledge, science studies, finitism

JEL Classification: B40, Z13

Suggested Citation

Weintraub, E. Roy and Giraud, Yann, Tilting at Imaginary Windmills: A Comment on Tyfield (March 12, 2009). Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Research Paper No. 21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1358616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1358616

E. Roy Weintraub

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