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History of economic thought as text analysis. Some methodological considerations


  • Ragip Ege

    () (University of Strasbourg - BETA)


This paper develops a reflection on two concepts, namely ‘theory’ and ‘history of economic thought’. It is first claimed that the concepts, i.e., the elements of a theory, have no intrinsic significance; they are only mediate realities. Further, since a consistent text analysis approach implies the study of the articulation of the specific concepts used by an author, any consideration regarding the context is secondary. The major matter of interest in understanding a text is the text itself. The author’s intellectual stance eventually concurs with Feyerabend’s claim: any mean is valid in order to deal with the problematics at stake.

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  • Ragip Ege, 2012. "History of economic thought as text analysis. Some methodological considerations," History of Economic Ideas, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa - Roma, vol. 20(3), pages 37-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:hid:journl:v:20:y:2012:3:4:p:37-50

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