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Realism, Regularities, and Prediction

Allin Cottrell

Review of Social Economy, 1998, vol. 56, issue 3, 347-355

Abstract: Problems are identified with the transcendental argument that Lawson uses to make a case for realism in economics: this argument relies heavily upon an unproblematized conception of Free Will. Lawson's substantive conclusions are not vitiated, but the argument presented here suggests that he underestimates the role of regularities and prediction in economics.

Keywords: scientific realism; economics; prediction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998
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DOI: 10.1080/00346769800000034

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