The central argument of this thesis is that economic science requires a methodological reorientation in order to realign with contemporary philosophy of science. This is argued with reference to both the the history of general philosophy of science - in particular the literatures on scientific explanation and the structure of scientific theories - and the history of the methodology of economics. It is also argued that the heterodox school of economic thought, known as complexity economics, offers a valid basis for achieving such a reorientation.
Table of ContentsPart 1. Philosophy of science. Chapter 1. Scientific explanation & the structure of scientific theories
Chapter 2. The mechanistic model of scientific explanation & theory structure -- Part 2. Philosophy of economics. Chapter 3. Methodology of economics
Chapter 4. Positivist economics -- Part 3. Complexity economics. Chapter 5. Central themes of complexity economics
Chapter 6. Does complexity economics incorporate a mechanistic methodology? -- Part 4. Case study. Chapter 7. Asset pricing models -- Conclusion -- Endnotes -- Bibliography.
Bibliography: pages 448-523
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreePhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Philosophy
Year of Award2019
Principal SupervisorAlbert Atkin
Additional Supervisor 1Colin Klein
Additional Supervisor 2Wylie Bradford
RightsCopyright Matthew Tuxford 2019.
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Extent1 online resource (523 pages)