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Reflecting on Beyond Positivism at Thirty-Five

Center for the History of Political Economy Working Paper No. 2017-16

17 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2017  

Bruce Caldwell

Duke University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 30, 2017

Abstract

In 1982 my book Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the Twentieth Century was published. At the 2017 History of Economics society meeting, a session was held to mark the 35th anniversary of that event. Papers by Wade Hands, Kevin Hoover, Tony Lawson, and the trio Peter Boettke, Solomon Stein and Virgil Storr were prepared. In this paper, I respond by reflecting on how I came to write Beyond Positivism and on the state of the field of economic methodology at the time, and then commenting briefly on each of the papers noted above.

Keywords: Positivism, Methodology of Economics, Philosophy of Science, Methodological Pluralism, Instrumentalism, Theory Choice, Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek, Complex Phenomena, Basic Economic Reasoning

JEL Classification: B2, B25, B4, B41, B53

Suggested Citation

Caldwell, Bruce, Reflecting on Beyond Positivism at Thirty-Five (August 30, 2017). Center for the History of Political Economy Working Paper No. 2017-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3043346

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