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Economics as Science

Cartwright, N.; Davis, J.B.

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J.B. Davis


R. Skidelsky

N. Craig


The plan for this talk is to discuss, first, the question ‘What is science?’ I’m going to explain that the second question, ‘Does economics fit the bill?’, is hard to answer since we have no good answer to the first question. Then I shall turn to the question, ‘Does economics’ standing as a science give it special power?’ Here, I shall point out that whether its knowledge constitutes science or not, economics does have esoteric knowledge that provides it with hidden sources of power.


Cartwright, N., & Davis, J. (2016). Economics as Science. In R. Skidelsky, & N. Craig (Eds.), Who runs the economy? The role of power in economics (43-55). Palgrave Macmillan.

Online Publication Date Aug 31, 2016
Publication Date Aug 31, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 31, 2019
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 43-55
Book Title Who runs the economy? The role of power in economics.
ISBN 9781137580184


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Cartwright N., Davis J.B. (2016) Economics as Science. In: Skidelsky R., Craig N. (eds) Who Runs the Economy?. Palgrave Macmillan, London reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:

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