Title

Economists as Worldly Philosophers

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

3-1-2011

CFDP Number

1788

CFDP Pages

12

Abstract

While leading figures in the early history of economics conceived of it as inseparable from philosophy and other humanities, there has been movement, especially in recent decades, towards its becoming an essentially technical field with narrowly specialized areas of inquiry. Certainly, specialization has allowed for great progress in economic science. However, recent events surrounding the financial crisis support the arguments of some that economics needs to develop forums for interdisciplinary interaction and to aspire to broader vision.

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