How fictional accounts can explain

Sugden, Robert (2013) How fictional accounts can explain. Journal of Economic Methodology, 20 (3). pp. 237-243. ISSN 1350-178X

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In this note, I comment on Reiss’s paper ‘The explanation paradox’. I argue in support of two of the propositions that make up the paradox (that economic models are false, and that they are explanatory) but challenge the third proposition, that only true accounts can explain. I defend the ‘credible worlds’ account of models as fictions that are explanatory by virtue of similarity relations with real-world phenomena. I argue that Reiss’s objections to the role of subjective similarity judgements in explanation illegitimately presuppose the existence of rational criteria by which science can certify the objective validity of its explanations.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Economic Theory
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2014 14:18
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 00:00
DOI: 10.1080/1350178X.2013.828872


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