Top 10 theory of science books for economists

5 March, 2016 at 10:58 | Posted in Theory of Science & Methodology | 1 Comment


• Archer, Margaret (1995). Realist social theory: the morphogenetic approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

• Bhaskar, Roy (1978). A realist theory of science. Hassocks: Harvester

• Cartwright, Nancy (2007). Hunting causes and using them. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

• Chalmers, Alan  (2013). What is this thing called science?. 4th. ed. Buckingham: Open University Press

• Garfinkel, Alan (1981). Forms of explanation: rethinking the questions in social theory. New Haven: Yale U.P.

• Harré, Rom (1960). An introduction to the logic of the sciences. London: Macmillan

• Lawson, Tony (1997). Economics and reality. London: Routledge

• Lieberson, Stanley (1987). Making it count: the improvement of social research and theory. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press

• Lipton, Peter (2004). Inference to the best explanation. 2. ed. London: Routledge

• Miller, Richard (1987). Fact and method: explanation, confirmation and reality in the natural and the social sciences. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press


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  1. I like Diesing’s work, which includes personal interaction with both the economics and the political science strands of game theory. Even though he knew very well the centrality of networks, he himself apparently did not like the conference circuit and so his work is far less well known that it should be.

    Diesing, Paul. 1991. How Does Social Science Work? – Reflections on Practice. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

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