positivism

Bruce Caldwell
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
Alternate versions available: 1987 Edition
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The article identifies the major tenets of logical positivism and its successor, logical empiricism, two important movements within 20th-century philosophy of science. It then documents some of the arguments that led to the decline of positivism in the latter half of the 20th century. The impact of positivist ideas on the work of economists writing about economic methodology is examined in a final section.
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Caldwell, Bruce. "positivism." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 17 April 2014 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2008_P000131> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.1313

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