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    DescriptionA leading scholar of the history and philosophy of economic thought, Philip Mirowski argues that there has been a top-to-bottom transformation in how scientific research is organized and funded in Western countries over the past two decades and that these changes necessitate a reexamination of the ways that science and economics interact. Mirowski insists on the need to bring together the insights of economics, science studies, and the philosophy of science in order to understand how and why particular research programs get stabilized through interdisciplinary appropriation, controlled attributions of error, and funding restrictions. Mirowski contends that neoclassical economics have persistently presumed and advanced an "effortless economy of science," a misleading model of a self-sufficient and conceptually self-referential social structure that transcends market operations in pursuit of absolute truth. In the stunning essays collected here, he presents a radical critique of the ways that neoclassical economics are used to support, explain, and legitimate the current social practices that lead to the funding and selection of "successful" science projects. He questions a host of theories, including the portraits of science put forth by Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, and Thomas Kuhn. Among the many topics he examines are the social stabilization of quantitative measurement, the repressed history of econometrics, and the social construction of the laws of supply and demand and their putative opposite, the gift economy. In The Effortless Economy of Science? Mirowski moves beyond grand abstractions about science, truth, and democracy in order to begin to talk about the way science is lived and practiced today.


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    Title
    The Effortless Economy of Science?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip Mirowski
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 472
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780822333227
    ISBN 10: 0822333228
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: KCZ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHBC
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Libri: I-BE
    BISAC V2.8: POL024000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: PDK
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, BUS069030
    DC22: 338.926, 338.9/26
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    LC classification: Q180.55.E25 M57 2004, Q180.55.E2
    Thema V1.0: JHBC, KCZ, PDK, PDM
    Publisher
    Duke University Press
    Imprint name
    Duke University Press
    Publication date
    25 July 2004
    Publication City/Country
    North Carolina
    Author Information
    Philip Mirowski is Carl Koch Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Among his books are "Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science";" More Heat Than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics"; and "Science Bought and Sold: Essays in the Economics of Science" (coedited with Esther-Mirjam Sent).
    Review quote
    "“The Effortless Economy of Science" is an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, history of economics, and science studies. Philip Mirowski shows why work in each of these fields can be better understood by looking through the lens of other fields.”—Bradley W. Bateman, Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics, Grinnell College
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    ""The Effortless Economy of Science" is an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, history of economics, and science studies. Philip Mirowski shows why work in each of these fields can be better understood by looking through the lens of other fields."--Bradley W. Bateman, Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics, Grinnell College
    Table of contents
    Introduction - Cracks, hidden passageways and false bottoms: The economics of science and social studies of economics; Confessions of an aging enfant terrible; On playing the economics card in the philosophy of science: Why it didn't work for Michael Polanyi; Economics, science and knowledge: Polanyi vs. Hayek; What's Kuhn got to do with it?; The economic consequences of Philip Kitcher; Re-engineering scientific credit in the era of the globalized information economy; Looking for those natural numbers: Dimensionless constants and the idea of natural measurement; A visible hand in the marketplace of ideas: Precision measurement as arbitrage; What econometrics can and cannot tell us about historical actors; Why econometricians don't replicate (although they do reproduce); From Mandelbrot to chaos in economic theory; Mandelbrot's economy after a quarter century; Introduction and justification for The collected works of William Thomas Thornton; Smooth operator: How Marshall's demand and supply curves made neoclassicism safe for public consumption but unfit for science; Problems in the paternity of econometrics: Henry Ludwell Moore; Refusing the gift