The Rhetoric of Economics – Deirdre McCloskey (1998)

The Rhetoric of Economics

McCloskey‘s book is in effect an extension of Paul Feyerabend’s arguments (see this earlier Mediated post) about science taken into the realm of economics, with a good helping of classical rhetorical analysis as well.  McCloskey takes a close look at a number of economics papers, looking at the ‘tools of persuasion’ used in them, and also analyzes the standard economic positions (about rationality, econometrics, etc.), and finds them lacking in self-awareness about economics as a social form that involves plenty of argument and persuasion, not self-evident ‘proofs’.  I think she’s got a point.

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