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How to transform economics? A philosophical appraisal

Deniz Kellecioglu ()
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Deniz Kellecioglu: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

The Journal of Philosophical Economics, 2017, vol. 11, issue 1, 1-26

Abstract: Ten years after the global financial crisis there is hardly any evidence that the theories, teaching and policies of mainstream economics have changed. This paper is an attempt to contribute to the greater understanding of this persistence, but also to the discussion on what the requirements are to materialise a transformation in economics, given the dismal outcomes in the world economy. The analytical approach of the paper is to utilise relevant philosophical accounts that point out attributes of dominant discourses, and methodological requirements to supersede an already dominant discourse. The objective is to contribute to an improved understanding of factors that obstruct or construct transformations in a knowledge field such as economics; and thereby contribute to transformation efforts, preferably for a more pluralist and emancipatory economics. Given the complexities and the tensions between different philosophical positions, the conclusions of this appraisal are summarised into five criteria that appear essential to realise a successful transformation in economics: critical juncture; dissimilarity; scholar validation; sensibility; and external power. It is suggested to revise efforts to fulfil these criteria as much, and as soon as possible, given the importance and urgency of changing the trajectory of our economies and societies.

Keywords: philosophy; methodology; emancipation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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