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Pluralism in Economics


  • Robert Garnett

    () (Department of Economics, Texas Christian University)


Pluralism has been a rallying cry for openness and broad-mindedness in economics since the early 1980s, when heterodox economists’ long-standing challenges to the methodological and epistemological monism of post-World War II economics were joined and extended by “old Chicago” McCloskey (1983). Fortified by this extended base of support, the pluralist campaign reached new heights in 1992, when the American Economic Review published a petition signed by forty-four leading economists, including four Nobel laureates, calling for “a new spirit of pluralism in economics, involving critical conversation and tolerant communication between different approaches” and demanding that this new pluralist spirit be “reflected in the character of scientific debate, in the range of contributions in its journals, and in the training and hiring of economists” (Hodgson, Mäki, and McCloskey 1992, xxv).

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  • Robert Garnett, 2012. "Pluralism in Economics," Working Papers 201201, Texas Christian University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcu:wpaper:201201

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    1. McCloskey, Donald N, 1983. "The Rhetoric of Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 21(2), pages 481-517, June.
    2. Marianne Ferber, 1999. "Guidelines For Pre-College Economics Education: A Critique," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(3), pages 135-142.
    3. Andy Denis, 2013. "Pluralism in economics education," Chapters,in: Teaching Post Keynesian Economics, chapter 5, pages 88-105 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Freeman, Alan, 2007. "Catechism versus pluralism: the heterodox response to the national undergraduate curriculum proposed by the UK Quality Assurance Authority," MPRA Paper 6832, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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