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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Nancy Cartwright

Cartwright, N. & Davis, J.B. (2016). Economics as Science. In Who Runs the Economy? The Role of Power in Economics. Skidelsky, R. & Craig, N. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 43-55.

Author(s) from Durham


The plan for this talk is to discuss, first, the question ‘What is science?’ I’m going to explain that the second question, ‘Does economics fit the bill?’, is hard to answer since we have no good answer to the first question. Then I shall turn to the question, ‘Does economics’ standing as a science give it special power?’ Here, I shall point out that whether its knowledge constitutes science or not, economics does have esoteric knowledge that provides it with hidden sources of power.