Terence Hutchison and Frank Knight: a reappraisal of their 1940-1941 exchange
The person arguably most responsible for the view of Hutchison as the positivist who introduced positivism into economics was Frank Knight. I argue that Knight in 1940 failed to demonstrate that Hutchison was a positivist, at least in the narrow logical positivist sense of the term. By questioning Knight's charge, I aim to challenge the conventional wisdom that identifies 'Hutchison' with 'positivism'. The paper is then a first step in the argument that positivism, even in 1938, played only an inessential role in a consistent methodological position that Hutchison developed alongside his work in the history of economic thought.
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Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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