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Terence Hutchison and Frank Knight: a reappraisal of their 1940-1941 exchange

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    The person arguably most responsible for the view of Hutchison as the positivist who introduced positivism into economics was Frank Knight. I argue that Knight in 1940 failed to demonstrate that Hutchison was a positivist, at least in the narrow logical positivist sense of the term. By questioning Knight's charge, I aim to challenge the conventional wisdom that identifies 'Hutchison' with 'positivism'. The paper is then a first step in the argument that positivism, even in 1938, played only an inessential role in a consistent methodological position that Hutchison developed alongside his work in the history of economic thought.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Methodology.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 359-373

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:17:y:2010:i:4:p:359-373

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    Keywords: Hutchison; Knight; positivism; uncertainty; history; inductivism;

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