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Metodo e standard di valutazione in economia. Dall'apriorismo a Friedman
Journal Title: STUDI ECONOMICI  
Author/s: Matteo Motterlini 
Year:  2003 Issue: 79 Language: Italian 
Pages:  29 FullText PDF:  220 KB

This paper aims at reconstructing the standards of evaluation of economic theory by focus-ing on the views that economists themselves (historically) have held of their own field of en-quiry: from empirical apriorism (N.W. Senior, Mill, Cairnes) to Austrian apriorism (Robbins, Von Mises), from Hutchison’s methodological critique of the Neoclassical assumptions to Machlup’s verificationist approach, and up to Milton Friedman’s influential and sui generis pragmatism. By comparing abstract theories of scientific rationality (Philosophy of Science) with the concrete research practice (Economics) the paper provides a more specific case for the general problem of the demarcation between science and pseudoscience (it further suggests the relative merits of a dynamical approach compared to the Neopositivist or Popperian static one). It is argued that a comparison of this kind can be fruitful for both economists and the philoso-phers in as much as the advocated ‘logic of scientific discovery’ is not presented in an a-historical and a-critical fashion but rather it encourages revisions and improvements.

Matteo Motterlini, in "STUDI ECONOMICI " 79/2003, pp. , DOI:


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