Bjørn-Ivar Davidsen - Methodology and the practice of economists - a philosophical approach

jpe:10569 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, November 20, 2008, Volume II Issue 1 -
Methodology and the practice of economists - a philosophical approachArticle

Authors: Bjørn-Ivar Davidsen 1

  • 1 Østfold University College

Practicing academic economists are reported to pay little attention to work being done by economic methodologists. This is an unfortunate situation for the sub-field of economic methodology as well as for the discipline of economics at large. If the sub-field of economic methodology does not succeed in communicating with practitioners of the larger discipline of which it is a part, its rationale is seriously brought into question. And when practitioners of a scientific discipline do not pay heed to methodological questions, the discipline is destined to stagnation and possible degeneration. In order to contribute to an amelioration of the noted unfortunate state of affairs, this paper argues the case for purposeful philosophically informed approaches through which economic methodologists may prove themselves helpful and valuable to the practitioners of the discipline. A scheme of descriptive-critical analyses of economic texts is set forth as a means of enhancing academic economists' awareness of, and interest in, philosophical questions embedded in, and vital to, their practices. Moreover, it is argued, and exemplified, how philosophically minded methodologists may contribute constructively to processes directed towards establishing and developing economic theories and analyses.

Volume: Volume II Issue 1
Section: Articles
Published on: November 20, 2008
Imported on: December 28, 2022
Keywords: methodology and academic practice,philosophical sub-fields,analyses,guidance and advice,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences

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