Launch of the “Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics”

A new resource for a blossoming field of research

The blossoming research field “philosophy of economics” has a new resource: the “Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics”. It is co-edited by Conrad Heilmann (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Julian Reiss (Johannes Kepler University Linz). The book was launched at the 9th Biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice conference in July 2022 in Ghent.

A new resource for philosophy of economics

The Handbook captures the most important topics and recent trends in the field “philosophy of economics”. It is an outstanding reference source for the key topics, problems, and debates at the intersection of philosophical and economic inquiry. It captures this field of countless exciting interconnections, affinities, and opportunities for cross-fertilization

Book launch at the “Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice”

The Handbook was launched by two roundtable discussions 9th Biennial “Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice” conference in July 2022 at the University of Ghent. Both roundtable discussions were moderated by the co-editors Conrad Heilmann and Julian Reiss and featured contributors to the Handbook

The first roundtable centred on the role of values for economic policy-making. Antoinette Baujard, Alexander Linsbichler, and Guilhem Lecouteux discussed questions such as: what precisely is the role of experts, for instance when making policies that concern contested topics like inflation? The second roundtable focuses on the role of methodological challenges. Melissa Vergara Fernandez, Philippe Verreault-Julien, Aki Lehtinen and Robert Northcott debated questions such as: what, after the “empirical turn” in economics, is the remaining productive role for theory in economics?

35 chapters giving comprehensive coverage

Comprising 35 chapters by a diverse team of contributors from all over the globe, the Handbook shows that philosophy of economics is an established but also exciting field of research. The volume is essential reading for students and researchers in economics and philosophy who are interested in exploring the interconnections between the two disciplines. Eight sections cover the following topics: Rationality, Cooperation and Interaction, Methodology, Values, Causality and Explanation, Experimentation and Simulation, Evidence, and Policy.

Praise by leading philosophers and economists

"Economics has shaped our world through the influence its ideas have had on business behaviour and government policies. As this climate of ideas is clearly changing, there could not be a better time to explore the philosophy of economics." Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge

"This handbook is a unique reference on the philosophy of economics, with a very comprehensive coverage and an impressive slate of contributors, many of them belonging to a generation of emerging scholars in the field." Marc Fleurbaey, Paris School of Economics

"A wonderfully enriched variety of topics presented to us by an impressive group of a new generation of experts." Uskali Mäki, University of Helsinki

"An invaluable companion piece for both disciplinary communities, and for those who practice in both." Mary S. Morgan, London School of Economics



Conrad Heilmann is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Erasmus School of Philosophy, Co-Director of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE), and Core Faculty of the Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He works on rational choice theory, fairness, finance, and other topics in the philosophy of economics.

Julian Reiss is Professor of Philosophy at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and Head of the Institute of Philosophy and Scientific Method. He is the author of Causation, Evidence, and Inference (Routledge, 2015), Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2013), Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence-Based Methodology (Routledge, 2008; Erasmus Philosophy International Research Prize), and more than 60 papers in leading philosophy and social science journals and edited collections. 

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