Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the Twentieth Century

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Contents
Preface to revised edition ix
Acknowledgments xvii
1 Introduction 1
PART ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
2 Logical Positivism
The Vienna Circle 11
The Logical Positivist Program 13
Notes 17
3 The Positivist Tradition Matures—The Emergence of Logical Empiricism
Introduction 19
The Search for a Criterion of Cognitive Significance 20
The Status, Structure, and Function of Theories and Theoretical Terms 23
The Nature of Scientific Explanation 27
A Representative Logical Empiricist 30
Notes 32
4 The Philosophical Attack on Logical Empiricism
Introduction 36
Confirmation, Induction, and Popper’s Methodological Falsificationism 38
Theories and Theoretical Terms 45
The Nature of Scientific Explanation 53
Summary 62
Notes 63
5 Contemporary Philosophy of Science—The Growth of Knowledge Tradition
Introduction 68
Thomas Kuhn 70
Paul K. Feyerabend 79
Imre Lakatos 85
Contemporary Philosophy of Science—A Dilettante’s Review and Commentary 89
Notes 93

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