Internal vs. External Explanations: A New Perspective on the History of Economic Thought

Procesos de Mercado: Revista Europea de Economia Politica, Vol. 2, pp. 35-132, 2008

Posted: 3 Aug 2011

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Christopher Westley

Florida Gulf Coast University

Alexandre Padilla

Metropolitan State University of Denver - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The present paper is devoted to showing that all externalist explanations for truth in economics are false, but that if there any are used, it should not be the democratic one utilized by Rosen (1997). Rather, even though it is equally fallacious, it should the one proposed in the present paper: the last publication in a debate indicates the substantive winner.

Keywords: truth, economics, majority rule, democracy, debate, argument

JEL Classification: B0, B1, B2, B4

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E. and Westley, Christopher and Padilla, Alexandre, Internal vs. External Explanations: A New Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (2008). Procesos de Mercado: Revista Europea de Economia Politica, Vol. 2, pp. 35-132, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1903913

Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business ( email )

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Christopher Westley (Contact Author)

Florida Gulf Coast University ( email )

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Alexandre Padilla

Metropolitan State University of Denver - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denver, CO 80217
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HOME PAGE: http://www.alexandrepadilla.com

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