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Historical Epistemology and the History of Economics: Views Through the Lens of Practice

Including a Symposium on the Historical Epistemology of Economics

ISBN: 978-1-78714-538-2, eISBN: 978-1-78714-537-5

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 15 September 2017

Abstract

The history of economics has often been described as the “history of economic thought.” In this essay, I explore an alternative perspective that builds on the French tradition of historical epistemology and treats economics as a social practice. I argue that a practice-based view provides a more philosophically robust conception of historiography and a richer field of investigation for historians of economics.

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Acknowledgments

Research for this paper was supported in part by the US National Science Foundation (Award # 1430854). I am grateful for numerous helpful comments on this paper from participants in the Montréal Summer School in the History of Science and Economics (July 2015), and especially to Till Düppe for advice on several translations.

Citation

Stapleford, T.A. (2017), "Historical Epistemology and the History of Economics: Views Through the Lens of Practice ", Including a Symposium on the Historical Epistemology of Economics (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 35A), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 113-145. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-41542017000035A007

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