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Economics and Language : Economics as Social Theory - Willie Henderson

Economics and Language

Economics as Social Theory

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Published: 7th January 1993
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Twentieth century philosophy has been dominated by issues concerned with language. These have left few areas of academic enquiry untouched; an awareness of language matters to a discipline because claims to knowledge can be made only by using language. However, economists have only come to recognize the importance of language relatively recently. Moreover whilst there has been much written on the subject of economics and language in the last decade this has been dominated by the use of techniques borrowed from literary criticism. Whilst these have provided many valuable insights, they have tended to conceal the features of economics writing which distinguish it from writing in other disciplines. Economics and Language takes a broader perspective. Its approach is determinedly interdisciplinary, and it includes contributions from economists, applied linguists and literary theorists. It moves from chapters looking at the wider methodological implications of language issues within economics to an analysis of how economic texts work. This ensures that methodological discussion is related directly to the practices of economics.

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Exploring the Language and Rhetoric of Economicsp. 1
Rhetoric and critical theory
Two Philosophies of the Rhetoric of Economicsp. 23
The Significance of Interpretation in Economicsp. 51
Decanonizing Discourses: Textual Analysis and the History of Economic Thoughtp. 64
Meaning in the Context of Bargaining Games - Narratives in Oppositionp. 85
Controversy and hedging in economics
The Debate Over Milton Friedman's Theoretical Framework: An Economist's Viewp. 103
The Debate Over Milton Friedman's Theoretical Framework: An Applied Linguist's Viewp. 132
How Economists Modify Propositionsp. 153
Language and the history of economic thought
Money Talks: The Rhetorical Project of the Wealth of Nationsp. 173
The Problem of Edgeworth's Stylep. 200
The Paradox of Value: Six Treatments in Search of the Readerp. 223
Indexp. 240
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ISBN: 9780415092098
ISBN-10: 0415092094
Series: Economics as Social Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 7th January 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1