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.
Shiller, Robert J. and Shiller, Virginia M., "Economists as Worldly Philosophers" (2011). Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers. 2131.