Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149691
Authors: 
Caldwell, Bruce
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
CHOPE Working Paper 2012-09
Abstract: 
The rhetoric of positivism had a profound effect on the worldview and practice of economists in the middle of the last century. Though this influence has greatly diminished, it still may be found in the attitude of many economists towards the history of their discipline. This paper traces the effects of positivism in economics, then argues that the history of economics is a critical component of both the undergraduate teaching and the graduate training of economists, and that as such, it should be reintroduced into the economics curriculum. It concludes by documenting some recent hopeful signs of change.
Subjects: 
positivism
history of economic thought
history of economics
economic methodology
undergraduate education
graduate education
Hayek
JEL: 
A11
A12
A22
A23
B0
B1
B2
B3
B4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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