IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/bla/jecsur/v21y2007i3p426-446.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Axiomatization And Formalism In Economics

Author

Listed:
  • T.A. Boylan
  • P.F. O'Gorman

Abstract

In this paper we address a number of issues in the historiography and methodology of the formalization of economics in the twentieth century. We argue that Debreu's approach to formalism pursuing his Bourbakist programme was based on Hilbert's version of finitism. The latter project attempted to retain its place in Cantor's 'paradise' and in so doing bequeathed serious methodological consequences. There was, however, at the turn of the twentieth century an alternative version of finitism available, that provided by Poincaré, which if adopted by economics would have led to a radically different approach to economic theorizing and modelling. We argue that these reflections must be embedded in an alternative larger methodological framework. Copyright 2007 The Authors Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Suggested Citation

  • T.A. Boylan & P.F. O'Gorman, 2007. "Axiomatization And Formalism In Economics," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(3), pages 426-446, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:21:y:2007:i:3:p:426-446
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=synergy&synergyAction=showTOC&journalCode=joes&volume=21&issue=3&year=2007&part=null
    File Function: link to full text
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2012. "Why Post Keynesianism is not yet a science," MPRA Paper 43171, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2012. "The rhetoric of failure: a hyper-dialog about method in economics and how to get things going," MPRA Paper 43276, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2011. "Schumpeter and the essence of profit," MPRA Paper 31176, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2011. "The pure logic of value, profit, interest," MPRA Paper 30853, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2011. "Trade, productivity, income, and profit: the comparative advantage of structural axiomatic analysis," MPRA Paper 43872, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 18 Jan 2012.
    6. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2013. "Settling the theory of saving," MPRA Paper 44479, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2013. "Toolism! A Critique of Econophysics," MPRA Paper 46630, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2010. "Axiomatic Basics of e-Economics," MPRA Paper 24331, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2013. "Understanding Profit and the Markets: The Canonical Model," MPRA Paper 48691, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2011. "Properties of an economy without human beings," MPRA Paper 31497, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    11. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2012. "Zur axiomatischen Einheit von Kreislauf-,Geld-, Preis- und Verteilungstheorie
      [The axiomatic unity of circuit, money, price and distribution]
      ," MPRA Paper 44313, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2011. "Keynes’s missing axioms," MPRA Paper 32742, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 11 Aug 2011.
    13. Egmont Kakarot-Handtke, 2013. "The Emergence of Profit and Interest in the Monetary Circuit," World Economic Review, World Economics Association, vol. 2013(2), pages 106-106, February.
    14. Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, 2011. "The wondrous effortlessness of unifying circuit-, money-, price- and distribution theory," MPRA Paper 31279, University Library of Munich, Germany.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:21:y:2007:i:3:p:426-446. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing) or (Christopher F. Baum). General contact details of provider: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0950-0804 .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.