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This example from TBG seems to have been persuasive for some. In this case I'm immune  :-)

That part I maybe don't understand. I think we agree that there are no blank slates. As for the 10 point list, it is adequate for purposes of narrative, but not science, and in that sense it has a loveable recursivity.

Philosophically, the differences are overdrawn, there are differences between a narrative logic and a scientific logic but they are not opposites; establishing concordance is not only possible but highly conducive to science and at a certain level you might say the use of narrative is inevitable.

As for 'neo-liberal economic theory', that term alone is an admirable rhetorical feat, which identifies the theory with the political programme and thereby does validate the claim TBG makes.

To spoil the fun, of course that's no field a sizeable share of academics would identify with; they'd say they are neoclassical or Austrian school or new institutional economists, if they can be bothered to identify with a research programme at all.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Dec 5th, 2008 at 05:47:26 AM EST
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