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ERIC Number: ED424592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 12
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How Do Economists Respond to the Storytellers? A Look at "The Rhetoric of Economics."
Baake, Ken
Teachers of college writing have a vested interest in the tremors of rhetoric surfacing from within the discipline of economics. In the past 15 years, some economists, philosophers of science, and humanists have challenged the positivist mantel of economics. They argue that economic methodology would be more ethical, more honest to the profession and more representational of reality if economists dropped the cloak of positivism. D. McCloskey led the charge for a rhetorical approach to economics in 1983 in "The Journal of Economic Literature," then in her book "The Rhetoric of Economics" in 1985. If economists accept the presence of rhetoric as another useful tool alongside mathematics, then, by implication, they must accept that writing teachers also have a role in training economists--not merely to become better communicators, but also to become better producers of economic knowledge. As humanists interested in the role of rhetoric and narrative in various fields, writing teachers can help their economist cousins. They can participate with full authority in the research about the nature of truth in science and the possibility for civil discourse across disciplines. (Contains 13 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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