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
Date Written: September 1, 2015
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
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