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Pluralism and Heterodoxy: Introduction to the Special Issue

Andrew Mearman ()

The Journal of Philosophical Economics, 2008, vol. 1, issue 2, 5-25

Abstract: This paper introduces a special issue of the journal devoted to work presented at two recent conferences of the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE). The AHE is an organisation which advocates and provides a forum for non-mainstream approaches to economics. Recent conferences have focused on pluralism. Pluralism is a variegated concept with multiple motivations and arguments in its favour. Such arguments tend to be ontological and epistemological, but may also be pedagogical. Pluralism has been advocated as a moniker preferable to heterodoxy which might be adopted by non-mainstream economists. However, it is problematic. The papers which comprise the remainder of this issue illustrate that point. The papers are discussed in turn and contrasted.

Keywords: pluralism; Association for Heterodox Economics; ontology; epistemology; pedagogy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B59 Y20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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