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Historical Epistemology and the History of Economics:: Views Through the Lens of Practice

Thomas A. Stapleford

A chapter in Including a Symposium on the Historical Epistemology of Economics, 2017, vol. 35A, pp 113-145 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract The history of economics has often been described as the “history of economic thought.” In this essay, I explore an alternative perspective that builds on the French tradition of historical epistemology and treats economics as a social practice. I argue that a practice-based view provides a more philosophically robust conception of historiography and a richer field of investigation for historians of economics.

Keywords: Historical epistemology; history of economics; historiography; practice theory; Michel Foucault; Gaston Bachelard; Georges Canguilhem (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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