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The Elgar Companion To Economics and Philosophy

Edited by John B. Davis, Professor of Economics, Marquette University, US and Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Alain Marciano, Université de Montpellier 1, France and Jochen Runde, The Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge, UK
The Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy aims to demonstrate exactly how these two important areas have always been linked, and to illustrate the key areas of overlap.

The contributors are well-known and distinguished authors from a variety of disciplines, who have been invited both to survey and to provide a personal assessment of current and prospective future states of their respective areas of philosophical interest.
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Methodology of Economics
The Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy aims to demonstrate exactly how these two important areas have always been linked, and to illustrate the key areas of overlap.

The Companion is divided into distinct parts, each of which highlights a leading area of scholarly concern: political economy conceived as social philosophy; the methodology and epistemology of economics; and social ontology and the ontology of economics. The contributors are well-known and distinguished authors from a variety of disciplines, who have been invited both to survey and to provide a personal assessment of current and prospective future states of their respective areas of philosophical interest.

Academics and students who have an interest in economics and philosophy, political philosophy and the history of ideas will find this book of great appeal, as will researchers working in the field and readers interested in the nature of the discipline of economics.
‘. . . there are many first-rate contributions here. Those contributions make this collection valuable especially to readers who are already knowledgeable about the various areas in which the interests of philosophers and economists overlap.’
– Daniel M. Hausman, Journal of Economic Methodology

‘The Elgar Companion To Economics and Philosophy is a very good read. Every library should buy it now.’
– John King, History of Economics Review

‘The volume collects articles surveying developments in such related fields as economic methodology, ethics, epistemology, and social ontology. Many of the articles are forward-looking, and as such constitute substantive and original (and at times provocative) contributions to the literature. The volume as a whole is a success; the editors are to be congratulated for their efforts.’
– Bruce J. Caldwell, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, US

‘This Companion is called economics and philosophy but actually it is about the philosophy of economics and all the great questions in the subject are here. The weather in the philosophy of economics has been stormy lately and the climate continues to this day to be unsettled. Will the storms soon settle down to give way to calmer days? Read this excellent collection of informative papers in the field to stimulate your own answer to that question.’
– The late Mark Blaug, formerly of the University of London and University of Buckingham, UK
Contributors: R.E. Backhouse, D.K. Barker, M. Benz, M. Boumans, J.L. Cardoso, J.B. Davis, P. Faulkner, M. Fleurbaey, B.S. Frey, E. Fullbrook, R.F. Garnett Jr., D.W. Hands, S.P. Hargreaves Heap, G.M. Hodgson, G. Ingham, P. Kesting, H. Kincaid, T. Lawson, A. Leroux, P.A. Lewis, A. Leroux, A. Marciano, C.R. McCann Jr., S. Pratten, J. Runde, A. Vilks, J.J. Vromen
Contents:

Introduction
PART I: POLITICAL ECONOMY AS POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
1. Natural Law, Natural History and the Foundations of Political Economy
José Luís Cardoso

2. The Historical and Philosophical Foundations of New Political Economy
Alain Marciano

3. Economic Rationality
Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap

4. From Imperialism to Inspiration: A Survey of Economics and Psychology
Bruno S. Frey and Matthias Benz

5. Institutional Economics: From Menger and Veblen to Coase and North
Geoffrey M. Hodgson

6. Taking Evolution Seriously: What Difference Does it Make for Economics?
Jack J. Vromen

7. Normative Economics and Theories of Distributive Justice
Marc Fleurbaey

8. Ideology: An Economic Point of View
Alain Leroux

PART II: THE METHODOLOGY AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF ECONOMICS
9. The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes
Roger E. Backhouse

10. Constructivism: The Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge
D. Wade Hands

11. From Feminist Empiricism to Feminist Poststructuralism: Philosophical Questions in Feminist Economics
Drucilla K. Barker

12. Rhetoric and Postmodernism in Economics
Robert F. Garnett, Jr.

13. Models in Economics
Marcel Boumans

14. Formalism
Peter Kesting and Arnis Vilks

15. Methodological Individualism and Economics
Harold Kincaid

PART III: SOCIAL ONTOLOGY AND THE ONTOLOGY OF ECONOMICS
16. Philosophical Under-Labouring in the Context of Modern Economics: Aiming at Truth and Usefulness in the Meanest of Ways
Tony Lawson

17. The Conflict Between Formalism and Realisticness in Modern Economics: The Case of the New Institutional Economics
Stephen Pratten

18. Structure and Agency in Economic Analysis: The Case of Austrian Economics and the Material Embeddedness of Socio-economic Life
Paul A. Lewis

19. Collective Intentionality, Complex Economic Behavior, and Valuation
John B. Davis

20. Decartes’ Legacy: Intersubjective Reality, Intrasubjective Theory
Edward Fullbrook

21. Information, Knowledge and Modelling Economic Agency
Philip Faulkner and Jochen Runde

22. Conceptions of Probability
Charles R. McCann, Jr.

23. Money
Geoffrey Ingham

Index