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Rhetoric vs Realism in Economic Methodology: A Critical Assessment of Recent Contributions

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This paper reviews the relatively new debate on rhetoric and realism in economic methodology, concentrating on its main exponents: Deirdre McCloskey on the side of rhetoric, Tony Lawson as the advocate of critical realism, and Uskali Maki, arguing for a combination of rhetoric and realism. The review highlights a blind spot in the debate, namely the opportunity to rethink critically the project of epistemology. Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Peter, Fabienne, 2001. "Rhetoric vs Realism in Economic Methodology: A Critical Assessment of Recent Contributions," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 25(5), pages 571-589, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:25:y:2001:i:5:p:571-89
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    1. Lukáš Kovanda, 2010. "Kritický realismus: ontologická báze postkeynesovské ekonomie
      [Critical Realism as an Ontological Basis of Post-Keynesianism]
      ," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2010(5), pages 608-622.
    2. Fulvio Castellacci, 2006. "A critical realist interpretation of evolutionary growth theorising," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 30(6), pages 861-880, November.
    3. Cerulli Giovanni, 2005. "Ottimizzazione versus Razionalità Procedurale: un'analisi del dibattito sulla natura della scelta razionale in economia," CESMEP Working Papers 200501, University of Turin.

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