The Character and Logical Method of Political Economy
W. McGee, 1869 - 184 頁
The work on the “Character and Logical Method of Political Economy” may be recommended to students as a safe guide to help them through the mazy labyrinths which the earlier stages of the study present. The purpose of the work is to ascertain the true relation of Political Economy to the Physical Sciences on the one hand, and to the Moral Sciences on the other, both as regards method and compass. The supporters and opponents of Political Economy have each done it injustice by misapprehending its aims and limits. The study, as Professor Cairnes points out and explains with inimitable clearness, does not consist in an investigation into the causes of physical facts or the evolution of psychological processes. Political Economy begins at the point at which physical science and psychological science each end.
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It may , perhaps , be thought that it would have conduced more to the advantage
of economic science , if , instead of pausing to investigate the logical principles
involved in its doctrines , I had turned those principles to practical account by ...
To disregard this conflict of opinion , and to proceed to develope principles the
foundations of which are constantly impugned , would be to prosecute inquiry to
little purpose . The discussion of economic method with a view to this object has ...
Twenty years hence there will scarcely exist a doubt respecting any of its
fundamental principles . ” * Five and twenty years have now passed since this
unlucky prophecy was uttered , and yet such questions as those respecting the
laws of ...
much of the instability and vicissitude which have marked the progress of
economic inquiry ; but I do not think they are sufficient to explain the present
vacillating and unsatisfactory condition of the science in respect to fundamental
It has been remarked by Mr . Mill that “ in whatever science there exist , amongst
those who have attended to the subject , what are commonly called differences of
principle , as distinguished from differences of matter - of - fact or detail , — the ...