McCloskey's Economic Thought: The Rhetoric of an Economist (Routledge INEM Advances in Economic Methodology)
Benjamin BalakISBN: 0415316820;
Deirdre McCloskey is rightly one of the most recognizable names in economics. She views economics as a language that uses all the rhetorical devices of everyday conversation and therefore it should be judged by aesthetic and literary standards and not the criteria of mathematical rigor that is espoused by the mainstream. This controversial standpoint has been hugely influential and this examination of the methodological and philosophical consequences of her work is overdue, and very welcome.