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The rhetoric of economics 2nd ed

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Material type
단행본
Personal Author
McCloskey, Deirdre N.
Title Statement
The rhetoric of economics / Deirdre N. McCloskey.
판사항
2nd ed.
Publication, Distribution, etc
Madison, Wis. :   University of Wisconsin Press,   c1998.  
Physical Medium
xxi, 223 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Statement
Rhetoric of the human sciences
ISBN
0299158101 (cloth : alk. paper) 0299158144 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Bibliography, Etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-217) and index.
Subject Added Entry-Topical Term
Economics. Rhetoric.
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Contents information

Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Preface to the Second Edition = xi

Acknowledgments for the First Edition = xv

Exordium = xix

1 HOW TO DO A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF ECONOMICS, AND WHY = 3

 It's Not Philosophical Reading, It's Rhetorical = 3

 The Old Word "Rhetoric" Is a Good One = 4

 The Scientist Must Establish Her "Ethos" = 7

 Point of View Is a Scientific Choice = 9

 "Mere" Style Is Not Mere = 10

 Style Is Often an Appeal to Authority = 11

 Economists Are Poets = 12

 And Novelists = 13

 Be Not Afraid of Deconstruction and Other Terrors = 15

 Writing Is Performance = 17

2 THE LITERARY CHARACTER OF ECONOMIC SCIENCE = 20

 Science Uses Literary Methods = 20

 Proofs of the Law of Demand Are Mostly Literary = 23

 Linguistics Is an Appropriate Model for Economic Science = 28

 Literary Thinking May Improve Applied Economics = 31

3 FIGURES OF ECONOMIC SPEECH = 35

 Even a Mathematical Economist Uses, and Must Use, Literary Devices : The Case of Paul Samuelson = 35

 Most of the Devices Are Only Dimly Recognized = 38

 Models Are Nonornamental Metaphors : The Case of Gary Becker = 40

 Both Mathematical and Nonmathematical Reasoning in Economics Rely on Metaphor = 44

 The Master Tropes Rule Economics : The Case of Robert Solow = 48

4 THE RHETORIC OF SCIENTISM : HOW JOHN MUTH PERSUADES = 52

 Muth's Article Was Ill-Written but Important = 52

 Muth's Main Points Can Be Expressed in English = 54

 Muth's Article Engages in the Usual Appeals to Scientific Method = 58

 Muth's Appeal Is in Fact to the Community of Scholars = 61

 The Explicit Arguments Are Rhetorically Complex = 63

 Muth's Rhetoric Is Indistinguishable from That in Other Fields = 66

5 THE PROBLEM OF AUDIENCE IN HISTORICAL ECONOMICS : ROBERT FOGEL AS RHETOR = 74

 The Text Was Important = 74

 It Is a Most Rhetorical Book = 77

 It Uses Intensively the Common Topics = 79

 The Book Also Uses the Special Topics of Economics = 82

 The Text Invented an Audience = 84

6 THE LAWYERLY RHETORIC OF COASE'S "THE NATURE OF THE FIRM" = 87

 Coase Solved His Problem of Ethos by Appeal to Axiom and Proof = 87

 But Coase Was an Advocate, Not a Prover = 89

 The Lawyer Rhetoric Appeals to the Facts = 91

 And Yet Coase Is Indubitably an Economist = 94

 His Article Was about the Rhetoric in the Economy = 95

 Coasean Economics Is Anti-Modernist, "Gothic," Postmodern in Its Rhetoric = 98

7  THE UNEXAMINED RHETORIC OF ECONOMIC QUANTIFICATION = 100

 Rhetorical Standards, for Example, Are Necessary to Measure the Integration of Markets = 100

 In Like Fashion, Rhetorical Standards Are Necessary in Linguistics to Measure the Similarity Languages = 104

 That Is, the Speech Acts of Scientists Are Conversations, Good or Bad = 107

 The Conversation on Purchasing Power Parity, for Example, Is Rhetorically Muddled = 109

8 THE RHETORIC OF SIGNIFICANCE TESTS = 112

 Staistical Significance Has Ruined Empirical Work in Economics = 112

 Econometrics Confuses Statistical and Scientific Significance = 115

 The Rhetorical History of Statistics Is the Source of the Difficulty = 120

 A Lot Can Go Wrong When Using Statistical Significance = 125

 A Lot Did Go Wrong = 129

9 THE POVERTY OF ECONOMIC MODERNISM = 139

 The Mathematization of Economics Was a Good Idea = 139

 But a Philosophy Got Mixed Up in the Mathematics = 140

 The Official Methodology of Economics Is "Modernist" = 141

 Modernism Is a Poor Method : For One Thing, It Is Obsolete in Philosophy = 147

 And Falsification Is Not Cogent = 148

 Profitable Prediction Is Not Possible In Economics = 150

 Modernism Is Impossible, and Is Not Adhered To = 151

10 FROM METHODOLOGY TO RHETORIC = 156

 Any Rule-Bound Methodology Is Objectionable = 156

 Methodology Is Middle Management = 159

 Good Science Is Good Conversation = 162

 Rhetoric Is a Better Way to Understand Science = 163

 Other Sciences Have Rhetorics = 164

11 ANTI-ANTI-RHETORIC = 168

 The Alternative to Modernism Is Not Irrationalism = 168

 The Political Arguments for Methodology Are Weak = 171

 We Wish to Make Plausible Statements, Whether "Scientific" or Not = 175

 The Philosophical Objections to Rhetoric Are Not Persuasive = 179

 Anti-Modernism Is Nice = 183

 Rhetoric Is Good for You = 184

12 SINCE RHETORIC : PROSPECTS FOR A SCIENTIFIC ECONOMICS = 187

Bibliography = 195

Index = 219



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