Popper and Economic Methodology
Edited by Thomas Boylan, Paschal O'Gorman
Routledge – 2007 – 192 pages
This new book, under the impressive editorship of Thomas Boylan and Paschal O'Gorman, explores a number of major themes central to the work of Karl Popper.
The tensions that have resulted from Popperian thought are well documented. How can mainstream orthodox economics be falsifiable while privileging its core of rationality as unquestionable? This book includes expert contributions from thinkers such as Tony Lawson, K. Vela Velupillai and John McCall, who discuss this issue with renewed academic rigour.
Introduction 1. Popper, Economic Methodology and Contemporary Philosophy of Science T.A. Boylan and P.F. O’Gorman 2. Situational Analysis and Popper’s Three World Thesis: The Quest for Understanding P.F. O’Gorman 3. Challenging Popperian Rationality: Wittgenstein and Quine Reconsidered T.A. Boylan 4. Popper and Social Explanation T. Lawson 5. Metaphysics and Growth through Criticism G. Giorello and M. Motterlini 6. Conjectures on a Constructive Approach to Induction J. McCall 7. Demystifying Induction and Falsification: Trans-Popperian Suggestions V. Velupillai
Thomas A. Boylan is Personal Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Paschal O’Gorman is Personal Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.