Positivism and Constructivism


The purpose of this seminar was to demonstrate the clear influence of positivism and neo-positivism in what Hayek refers to as “the abuse of reason.” This can be perceived in the fields of political philosophy, namely in the epistemology of social sciences, and most particularly, in the epistemology of economics.


Conference Readings

Ayer, A.J.. El Positivismo Lógico. Tlalpan, Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1965.

Blaug, M.. La Metodologíca de la Economía. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1985.

Caldwell, B.. Appraisal and Criticism in Economics: A Book of readings. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1984.

Caldwell, Bruce. Hayek's Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F.A. Hayek. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Comte, Augusto. Discourso sobre el espíritu positivo. Madrid: Aguilar, 1982.

Feyerbend, P.. Adiós a la Razón. Madrid: Tecnos, 1984.

Hayek, F. A. The Counter-Revolution of Science: Studies on the Abuse of Reason. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1979.

Lakatos, I.. La Metodología de los programas científicos do investigación. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1983.

Popper, Karl. Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. New York: Routledge Classics, 2002.

von Mises, Ludwig. La Accion Humana: Tratado de Economia (6th Edition) [Human Action]. Madrid: Union Editorial, 2001.