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Reorienting Economics

By Tony Lawson

Routledge – 2003 – 416 pages

Series: Economics as Social Theory

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    February 19th 2003
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Description

This eagerly anticipated new book from Tony Lawson contends that economics can profit from a more explicit concern with ontology (enquiry into the nature of existence) than has been its custom. By admitting that economics is not exactly a picture of health at the moment, Lawson hopes that we can move away from the bafflingly intransigent belief that economics is at its core reliant upon mathematical modelling. This maths-envy is the reason why economics is in a state of such disarray. Far from being a polemic against the mainstream, this excellent new book is concerned that if economics is to be saved from itself then there must be a realistic dialogue between the classical heterodox fields. Of interest to philosophers, sociologists and social scientists as well as economists, this comprehensive, logical book is a vital contribution to an important debate.

Reviews

'Lawson's systematic philosophical work on the reorientation of economics warrants a careful reading by any economist, heterodox or mainstream, who takes seriously the intellectual responsibility for the scientific viability of the discipline.' - Journal of Economic Issues

'Reorienting Economics is an important contribution … I would recommend it to economists and other scholars interested in methodology, philosophy, and heterodox traditions in economics.' - Feminist Economics

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Description: By Tony Lawson. This eagerly anticipated new book from Tony Lawson contends that economics can profit from a more explicit concern with ontology (enquiry into the nature of existence) than has been its custom. By admitting that economics is not exactly a picture of...
Categories: Economics, Economic Theory & Philosophy