[OPE-L:5548] Re: Re: Re: William of Ockam's Razor and Political Economy

From: nicola taylor (n.taylor@student.murdoch.edu.au)
Date: Fri May 11 2001 - 11:12:09 EDT

>Hello Nicky,
>I'm very grateful that you replied...i always end up doubting that I 
>have made any sense at all when writing on these issues!

Me too!  But it is a always a lot of fun, and a very constructive process
to disagree with you.  So, many thanx for the multifaceted thought
provocations.  I think our basic differences arise out of the way that we
distinguish (me) or don't distinguish (you) between theories that apply to
the physical world and those that apply to the social world.  i.e. I agree
with you that we can choose between a theory that tells us to jump out the
window and one that tells us to leave by the door because the theory has to
do with readily 'observable' results; I'm not convinced the same reasoning
applies to choices between theories about the social world of human
interactions - I guess I remain a fan of Duhem-Quine.

Nicola Mostyn (Taylor)
Faculty of Economics
Murdoch University
Telephone: 61-8-9385 1130

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