Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172303
Authors: 
Wible, James R.
Hoover, Kevin D.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CHOPE Working Paper 2017-11
Abstract: 
In the 1870s and 1880s, the scientist, logician, and pragmatist philosopher Charles S. Peirce possessed an advanced knowledge of mathematical economics, having mastered and criticized Cournot as early as 1871. In 1884 he engaged in a multi-round debate with the editors of The Nation over the economics of trade liberalization in the case of a proposed trade treaty with Spain concerning import tariffs on Cuban and Puerto Rican sugar. The debate is reconstructed and related carefully both to Peirce's understanding of mathematical economics and to his philosophy of science.
Subjects: 
Charles S. Peirce
international trade
tariffs
trade policy
economic methodology
mathematical economics
JEL: 
B17
B16
F10
B31
B41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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