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Structured pluralism

Dow S (2004) Structured pluralism, Journal of Economic Methodology, 11 (3), pp. 275-290.

The purpose of this paper is to consider how far the notion of schools of thought is compatible with methodological pluralism. Should economics instead be categorised simply as pluralist or non‐pluralist? The notion of structured pluralism is developed, where categories, connections and (crucially) absence of connection apply at a variety of levels. Schools of thought provide some of that (provisional, mutable) structure, encapsulating, among other things, the use of language within each community. Awareness, and understanding, of the different categories and meanings of different schools of thought is necessary for successful communication, and thus for the benefits of pluralism.

pluralism; boundaries; schools of thought

AuthorsDow Sheila
Publication date09/2004
Publication date online17/05/2010
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 1350-178X

Journal of Economic Methodology: Volume 11, Issue 3 (2004)

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