The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Rhetoric of Economics

  • Donald N. McCloskey
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Rhetoric is the study and practice of persuasive expression, an alternative since the Greeks to the philosophical programme of epistemology. The rhetoric of economics examines how economists persuade – not how they say they do, or how their official methodologies say they do, but how in fact they persuade colleagues and politicians and students to accept one economic assertion and reject another.


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