CFP: Synthese Special Issue on Unrealistic Models

Call for Papers Synthese Special Issue WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS? Guest Editors: N. Emrah Aydinonat, Uskali Mäki, and Till Grüne-Yanoff What to make of highly unrealistic models? This is one of the big questions in contemporary philosophy of science, especially in philosophy of economics and biology. We consider two set of issuesContinue reading “CFP: Synthese Special Issue on Unrealistic Models”

Symposium on Dani Rodrik’s Economics Rules

The latest issue of the Journal of Economic Methodology (2018, 25/3) is a special issue on Dani Rodrik’s Economic Rules. It consists of the following articles: Philosophy of Economics Rules: introduction to the symposium – N. Emrah Aydinonat. doi: 10.1080/1350178X.2018.1503143 Pre-print available on ResearchGate. Rights and wrongs of economic modelling: refining Rodrik – Uskali Mäki. AvailableContinue reading “Symposium on Dani Rodrik’s Economics Rules”

Understanding with theoretical models

ABSTRACT. This paper discusses the epistemic import of highly abstract and simplified theoretical models using Thomas Schelling’s checkerboard model as an example. We argue that the epistemic contribution of theoretical models can be better understood in the context of a cluster of models relevant to the explanatory task at hand. The central claim of theContinue reading “Understanding with theoretical models”

The diversity of models as a means to better explanations in economics

ABSTRACT. In Economics Rules, Rodrik [(2015). Economics rules: Why economics works, when it fails, and how to tell the difference. Oxford: Oxford University Press] argues that what makes economics powerful despite the limitations of each and every model is its diversity of models. Rodrik suggests that the diversity of models in economics improves its explanatory capacities, butContinue reading “The diversity of models as a means to better explanations in economics”