Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
xvi, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
I. Introduction: Dismal queen of the social sciences /Uskali Mäki II. Setting the scene: Ugly currents in modern economics /Mark Blaug Modern economics and its critics /Partha Dasgupta Some nonreasons for nonrealism about economics /Uskali Mäki III. Economic models and economic reality: Credible worlds: the status of theoretical models in economics /Robert Sugden Limits of causal order, from economics to physics /Nancy Cartwright Econometrics and reality /Kevin D. Hoover Models, stories, and the economic world /Mary S. Morgan Economic models and reality: the role of informal scientific methods /Roger E. Backhouse Truthlikeness and economic theories /Ilkka Niiniluoto IV. The constitution of economic reality: Rational choice, functional selection, and "empty black boxes" /Philip Pettit Reality of common cultures /Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap Collective acceptance and collective attitudes: on the social construction of social reality /Raimo Tuomela, Wolfgang Balzer Hayek and cultural evolution /Bruce Caldwell Putting evidence in its place: John Mill's early struggles with "facts in the concrete" /Neil De Marchi V. The institutions of economics: You shouldn't want a realism if you have a rhetoric /Deirdre N. McCloskey More things change, the more they stay the same: social realism in contemporary science studies /D. Wade Hands Economists: truth-seekers or rent-seekers? /Jesús P. Zamora Bonilla.
Proceedings of a conference held at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, November 14-15, 1997.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.