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Neuroeconomics and Confirmation Theory

last modified Feb 12, 2015 10:41 AM

Chris Clarke's latest paper, entitled 'Neuroeconomics and Confirmation Theory’, has just been published by Philosophy of Science.

 

Neuroeconomics is a research programme founded on the thesis that cognitive and neurobiological data constitute evidence for answering economic questions. I employ confirmation theory in order to reject arguments both for and against neuroeconomics. I also emphasize that some arguments for neuroeconomics will not convince the skeptics because these arguments make a contentious assumption: economics aims for predictions and deep explanations of choices in general. I then argue for neuroeconomics by appealing to a much more restrictive (and thereby skeptic-friendly) characterization of the aims of economics.

 

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