History of Economics Playground

Kuhn vs Lakatos: it is not the institute of anything goes...

In his opening remarks, Robert Johnson said that this "is not the institute of anything goes" with INET now getting to a point where it needs to stop criticising the mainstream and should instead "create a new vision."

Outside the main hall of the conference there is even a poster setting out the core institutions needed to affect change in economics. That poster, and indeed the 'old' approach of INET is very Lakatos. Accept the core and work to modify the periphery.

The new INET sounds more like Kuhn's scientific revolutions... using Lakatos to accomplish Kuhn? or is this a sign of the new INET? Either way, some of the initial points of focus have been environment and financial systems, but there is mention of supply chains and a new model of psychology... what that means time will tell.

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