Economics is philosophy, economics is not science

Read, Rupert (2007) Economics is philosophy, economics is not science. International Journal of Green Economics, 1 (3-4). pp. 307-325. ISSN 1744-9936

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Abstract

An environmentalist's outlook is typically claimed to be based on or even constituted by sound science. It would be natural then for a version of economics based on such insights to claim to be 'even more' scientific than traditional economics. I argue for a conclusion radically opposed to this. I suggest that a genuinely green economics will/should eschew any claims to scientificity. I aim to liberate economics from the albatross of scientific ambition. I urge greens not to try to legitimate their aspirations for the world and for society principally by means of science, but rather to embrace green economics as a point of view that has at its heart an endless love of and faith in life. I submit that economics is not science, but rather philosophy, and that a Green political philosophy of life will suffer, and not profit, from pretending otherwise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: friedman,green,mirowski,physics,political economy,utility
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Philosophy
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 19:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8924
DOI: 10.1504/IJGE.2007.013062

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