A countercultural methodology: Caldwell’s beyond positivism at thirty-five


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© 2018 by Emerald Publishing Limited All rights of reproduction in any form reserved. Caldwell’s Beyond Positivism was a key publication that helped precipitate the consolidation of the methodology of economics into a distinct subfield within economics. Reconsidering it after 35 years, it is striking for its antina-turalism (i.e., its lack of deference to the actual practices of economics) or, perhaps, for its meta-naturalism (displayed in its excessive deference to the philosophy of science) and for its defense of pluralism. It offers pluralism as an unsuccessful defense against dogmatism. Against Caldwell’s pluralism, dogmatism is better opposed by a commitment of fallibilism and scientific humility. Caldwell’s defense of Austrian methodology is taken as a case study to illustrate and investigate his key themes and the issues that they raise.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoover, KD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36A /

Start / End Page

  • 9 - 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0743-4154

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1108/S0743-41542018000036A002

Citation Source

  • Scopus