Tony Lawson

Reader in Economics
University of Cambridge

Tony Lawson’s primary field of interest is the Philosophy of Social Science, and in particular Social Ontology. Trained as a mathematician, and formerly a member of the Cambridge Growth Project under the leadership of Professor Sir Richard Stone, Lawson, who current holds a Professorial Fellowship of the Independent Social research Foundation, is also Reader in Economics at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Lawson sits on numerous Editorial Boards including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, and Feminist Economics, and is sole editor of the Routledge book series Economics as social Theory.  For over twenty years now Lawson has chaired the Cambridge Realist Workshop, and for more than ten years he has chaired the Cambridge Social Ontology Group.  He is also former direct of the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies.   Lawson has long been highly critical of the course of modern economics. Amongst his numerous publications are the books Economics and Reality (1997) and Reorienting Economics (2007). His various contributions are widely debated in scholarly journals and similar outlets including in Edward Fullbrook’s (2009) Ontology and Economics: Tony Lawson and his Critics.



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Paper given at the Conference @ King's, April 8th-11th, 2010.

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Discussion and Q&A at the panel entitled "What Can Economists Know: Rethinking the Foundations of Economic Understanding at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 12, 2012. #inetberlin

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The Inaugural Conference @ King's, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Session 6: Mathematical Models: Rigorously Testable, Qualitative Metaphors, or Simply an Entry Barrier.