Chicken Soup for the Out-of-Step Scholar's Soul

American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Forthcoming

Posted: 1 Mar 2006 Last revised: 12 Nov 2012

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Gene Callahan

SUNY Purchase College

Peter T. Leeson

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: November 12, 2012

Abstract

This paper argues that the long-standing predominance of a particular approach to science neither makes it uniquely “scientific” nor superior to rival approaches. To do so we examine the dominant scientific explanation of the 17th and early 18th centuries: the mechanical philosophy. Our analysis demonstrates the fragility of even the most entrenched scientific wisdoms and provides encouragement for out-of-step scholars everywhere.

Suggested Citation

Callahan, Gene and Leeson, Peter T., Chicken Soup for the Out-of-Step Scholar's Soul (November 12, 2012). American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887167

Gene Callahan

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