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Ekonomik Yaklasim. 2008; 19(68): 47-90

The Methodological Approaches of Economists Ignoring History “Is this a Deterioration of Economics?”

Esin CANDAN, Avni Önder HANEDAR.

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The general laws of mainstream economics, with the presumptions of scarce resources and unlimited wants, are being questioned. Handling all human activities, especially economic activities that are the core of the all social activities are investigated with a positivist science approach is an important problem. Many methodological developments experienced in economic analysis like instrumentalism caused ignorance of the questioning of the presumptions of mainstream economics. It is well known that the success of theories is evaluated by means of their predictions in the instrumentalism. However, there is no doubt that economic concepts fall into analytical and tautological propositions whose are based on a priori imagination or convention. Therefore, the assumptions of theories are ignored and not tested, and this approach serves the hardening of mainstream hard core.

Key words: Philosophy of Economics, Tautology, Social and Cognitive Interests, Ideology

Article Language: Turkish English

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