Rhetorical Dualism and the Orthodox/Heterdox Distinction in Economics
AbstractThis paper attempts to combine elements of the approaches of two influential economists, Sheila Dow and Deirdre McCloskey and expands on previous work (2005) on Dow’s concept of dualism. A concept of rhetorical dualism is developed: dualism (defined variously) engaged in for a rhetorical purpose. It is argued by way of example case studies that rhetorical dualism is a significant feature of economics and that several influential authors have engaged in it. Further rhetorical dualism is shown to be prevalent in the current orthodox/heterodox distinction, and in the arguments of heterodox economists; but also that this distinction and type of distinction are unhelpful.
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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Rhetoric; dualism; heterodox economics;
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- B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-02-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-HPE-2008-02-02 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-PKE-2008-02-02 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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- Dow, Sheila C., 2000. "Prospects for the Progress of Heterodox Economics," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, vol. 22(02), pages 157-170, June.
- Andrew Mearman, 2009.
"Who do heterodox economists think they are?,"
Working Papers, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol
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- Andrew Mearman, 2011. "Who Do Heterodox Economists Think They Are?," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 70(2), pages 480-510, 04.
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