Non-natural Social Science: Reflecting on the Enterprise of More Heat Than Light

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Neil De Marchi
Duke University Press, 1993 - Всего страниц: 372
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Published in 1989, Philip Mirowski’s More Heat Than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physic’s as Nature’s Economics offered a challenge to historians of economics that could not be ignored. Neo-classical economics, he said, adopted certain analytical tools of mid-nineteenth-century physics, simply substituting “utility” for “energy,” and in so doing, chose a natural-world model which denied that economic knowledge might be essentially social and cultural. The essays in this collection represent the first collective effort to respond to Mirowski’s challenge by examining and assessing the Mirowski enterprise.
In addition to questioning the veracity of the connection between physics and economics, the contributors consider the far-reaching implications of Mirowski’s thesis for the history of economics. Mirowski shows that economic texts must be viewed in their relation to texts outside the field of economics and offers an alternative reading of economic texts as social and cultural inscriptions. As historians of economics respond to Mirowski’s challenge, the style and direction of their work will be changed. Utlimately, a careful assessment of More Heat Than Light may introduce historians of economics to recognize that the “discipline” of economics may not be the most appropriate category from which to proceed.

Contributors. Jack Birner, Marcel Boumans, A. W. Coats, Avi J. Cohen, I. Bernard Cohen, Neil de Marchi, Steve Fuller, Clifford G. Gaddy, Wade Hands, Albert Jolink, Arjo Klamer, Robert Leonard, Philip Mirowski, Theodore M. Porter, Margaret Schabas, E. Roy Weintraub

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Introduction Neil de Marchi
1
Whats So Wrong with Physics Envy? Margaret Schabas
45
A Method to Mirowskis Mad Use of Metaphor Steve Fuller
69
Neoclassical Economics as Mathematical Metaphysics
85
More Light on Integrability Symmetry and Utility as Potential Energy
118
A Case of Limited Physics Transfer
131
The Irrelevance of Walras for
159
Knut Wicksell and
175
What Was Abandoned Following the Cambridge Capital
202
An Interpretation beyond Physics
223
Mirowski Meets Douglas and Bloor
249
What Mirowskis History Leaves Out A W Coats
271
After Mirowski What? E Roy Weintraub
300
Index
351
Contributors
371
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