Location

University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

Adam Smith, deduction, economics, financial crisis, induction, philosophy, political economy, rhetoric, scientific method

Start Date

22-5-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

25-5-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

Privileging deductive first principles over inductive contingencies, I argue, contributed to the economic meltdown of late and will continue to limit the range of reasonable solutions available to solve entrenched economic problems. I cite Toulmin’s critique of scientific certainty and the rancor over the demise of the ninth planet Pluto to posit a role for rhetoric in making valid claims across all fields of study, calling for more productive uncertainty subject to vigorous argumentation.

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The failure of certainty: Why economics needs rhetoric

University of Windsor

Privileging deductive first principles over inductive contingencies, I argue, contributed to the economic meltdown of late and will continue to limit the range of reasonable solutions available to solve entrenched economic problems. I cite Toulmin’s critique of scientific certainty and the rancor over the demise of the ninth planet Pluto to posit a role for rhetoric in making valid claims across all fields of study, calling for more productive uncertainty subject to vigorous argumentation.