Models and Reality in Economics
This work addresses philosophy in economics and the conduct of inquiry into economics (What do economists do, and what is economics about?). It opens with a discussion of the work of McCloskey and rhetorical approaches to understanding economics, going on to ask, Is economics a science'.
Economics and Predictive Empiricism
Economics and Scientific Laws
Is Economics a Galilean Science?
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