Rational vs historical reconstructions. A note on Blaug

Rodolfo Signorino, Rodolfo Signorino

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Abstract

The paper focuses on Blaug’s distinction between rational and historicalreconstruction within the historiography of economics. Blaug’s distinctionis shown to be sterile and misleading and his definitions of no avail to clearthinking. Historical reconstruction (as defined by Blaug) is en empty boxfor reasons which are basically theoretical and not simply practical (asBlaug seems to hold). Moreover, Blaug’s primary polemical target is Whighistoriography and not rational reconstruction: the two concepts coincideonly by means of an ad hoc definition. Blaug’s criticism does not apply toother uses of the concept of rational reconstruction such as that proposed by Lakatos
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)329-338
Numero di pagine10
RivistaEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT (ONLINE)
Volume10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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