Geoff Hodgson on Pluralism and Historical Specificity

F Gagliardi and D Gindis (eds), Institutions and Evolution of Capitalism: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey M. Hodgson. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, Forthcoming

14 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016

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Sheila C. Dow

University of Stirling - Department of Economics; University of Victoria - Faculty of Business

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

Geoff Hodgson has made a variety of innovative contributions to thinking about the methodology of economics. Here two particular contributions are considered together: his advocacy of pluralism at different levels and his concern with historical specificity. We first explore his argument for specificity in terms of a pluralist ontology. We then consider his argument for methodological pluralism as contributing to an abductive methodology. We discuss this methodology as a basis for some generalities in theorising and discuss the potential further contribution that can be made by a pluralist ontology.

Keywords: pluralism, history, methodology

JEL Classification: B41, B52, N00

Suggested Citation

Dow, Sheila C., Geoff Hodgson on Pluralism and Historical Specificity (September 1, 2015). F Gagliardi and D Gindis (eds), Institutions and Evolution of Capitalism: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey M. Hodgson. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862654

Sheila C. Dow (Contact Author)

University of Stirling - Department of Economics ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

University of Victoria - Faculty of Business ( email )

Victoria, British Columbia
Canada

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