Historical Epistemology & the History of Economics: Views Through the Lens of Practice

29 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2015 Last revised: 14 Mar 2017

Date Written: August 16, 2016

Abstract

The history of economics has often been described as the “history of economic thought.” In this essay, I explore an alternative perspective that builds on the French tradition of historical epistemology and treats economics as a social practice. I argue that a practice-based view provides a more philosophically robust conception of historiography and a richer field of investigation for historians of economics.

Keywords: history of economics, historiography, historical epistemology, practice theory

JEL Classification: B00, A14, Z13

Suggested Citation

Stapleford, Thomas A., Historical Epistemology & the History of Economics: Views Through the Lens of Practice (August 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2692611 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2692611

Thomas A. Stapleford (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

215 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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