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Only in the past twenty years have debates surrounding modernism and postmodernism begun to have an impact on economics. This new way of thinking Post-Modernism, Economics and Knowledge. This new way of thinking rejects claims that science and mathematics provide the only models for the structure of economic knowledge. This ground-breaking volume brings together the essays of top theorists including Arjo Klamer, Deirdre McCloskey, Julie Nelson, Shaun Hargreaves-Heap and Philip Mirowski on a diverse range of topics such as gender, postcolonial theory and rationality as well as postmodernism.
Post-Modernism, Economics and Knowledge Only in the past twenty years have debates surrounding modernism and postmodernism begun to have an impact on economics. Foucault focuses only on abstract theories, but his history of knowledge is meant to have practical effects. Foucault keeps saying that knowledge and power are intertwined, but he does not investigate the causal mechanisms between theories and practices.
On numerous occasions he claimed that the days of philosophy as a universal discourse were over Foucault, , ; ; a, b. As such, he was still immersed in the fields of philosophy, art, and literature Bourdieu, , Hence, the importance of his style of writing, which was frequently highlighted by his interpreters see for instance Hacking, , Historical fiction is not literature. A Foucauldian historian would distinguish himself by in selecting a particular set of thinkers and texts that are constrained by his own particular situation and political interests see above.
In so doing, he in some sense was excluded from the field of philosophy, since he refused to separate the history of the traditional great philosophers from other types of more specific and applied discourses Foucault, , Foucault has been frequently read, especially in English-speaking countries, as a postmodernist author. Postmodernism is poorly defined, but it can be understood as a type of contemporary nihilism.
In this respect, it is related to two theses that we discussed previously, i. Amariglio also notes the importance of social relativism in postmodernism. This analysis thus challenges the tendency to treat knowledge as continuous, progressive and unified by common concepts and instead contends that discontinuity and ruptures are observed over time.
As Amariglio rightfully notes, the Foucauldian approach implies that historians of economic thought no longer seek to identify precursors to economic thought or find the thread of one argument in another at a later date Amariglio, , Foucault consistently responded to these critiques that discontinuity was not an important feature of his approach Foucault, a, and ; b, ; a, ; a, Foucault struggled to distance himself from these accusations of discontinuity. Foucault intended to substitute new logical modes for the classical forms of causality, especially psychological ones—the genius of great inventors, crisis of conscience, emergence of a spirit, etc.
Foucault, b, ; a, ; nevertheless, his purpose was to explain the transformations of concepts and ideas. This means that the theoretical problems of the past must be raised on the basis of practical problems that the historian encounters in his present situation. Such a partial and politically oriented inquiry into knowledge is meant to affect real power relations. For Foucault, sociological critiques of science are not adequate because theories are understood as ideologies, i.
Such analyses framed in ideological terms do not recognize the novelty and importance of the theoretical works they intend to question. Amariglio, Jack. History of Political Economy , 20 4 : Economics as a Postmodern Discourse. In Warren Samuels ed. Boston: Springer, The Body in Modern Economic Discourse.
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