Following Artifacts

The Center for the History of Political Economy Working Paper Series, July 2018

6 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018

Date Written: July 1, 2018

Abstract

The essay discusses the historiographical strategy of “following artifacts” in the history of contemporary economics. Following models as artifacts means (1) to follow the shifts and changes in their form and meaning; (2) to follow the ideas, theories, fictions, and imaginary worlds they provoke; and (3) to investigate the ways in which some of them stabilize and remain as infrastructures of economic reasoning in academic and policy realms, as well as the ways in which some of them either do not circulate at all or simply get lost. Such perspectives regarding the complexity and dynamics of knowledge creation lead out of the narrower history of disciplinary knowledge and, moreover, direct attention to different temporal scales.

Keywords: artifacts, historiography, models, economic knowledge

JEL Classification: B2, B4

Suggested Citation

Halsmayer, Verena, Following Artifacts (July 1, 2018). The Center for the History of Political Economy Working Paper Series, July 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3210840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3210840

Verena Halsmayer (Contact Author)

University of Lucerne ( email )

Hofstrasse 9
P.O. Box 7464
Luzern 7, CH - 6000
Switzerland

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