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Unrealistic Assumptions and Unnecessary Confusions: Rereading and Rewriting F53?

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  • Uskali Mäki

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    (Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics, Erasmus University of Rotterdam)

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    It is argued that rather than a well defined F-Twist, Milton Friedman’s “Methodology of positive economics” offers an F-Mix: a pool of ambiguous and inconsistent ingredients that can be used for putting together a number of different methodological positions. This concerns issues such as the very concept of being unrealistic, the goal of predictive tests, the as-if formulation of theories, explanatory unification, social construction, and more. Both friends and foes of Friedman’s essay have ignored its open-ended unclarities. Their removal may help create new common ground for more focused debate in economics.

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    Paper provided by Aix-Marseille Université, CERGAM in its series CAE Working Papers with number 15.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:cgm:wpaper:15

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    Keywords: Unrealistic assumptions; predictive tests; truth; as-if; unification; underdetermination; social construction;

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