Philip Mirowski

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The early 1980s constituted a watershed in science, mainly concerning the extent and nature of globalization and commercialization of scientific research, and its impact upon the university. Considerable debate has arisen about the sources of this transition, but aside from a few lone voices, the scholarly literature has neglected the concurrent rise of the(More)
The economics of science is a curious enterprise. Few economists and fewer scientists know of it. The use of economic ideas in the study of science was pioneered not by economists but by philosophers and sociologists. Even among economic methodologists, approaches informed by economic ideas remain relatively rare. (Who exactly, John Davis once asked me, is(More)
In the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, the entry for the " Social Dimensions of Knowledge " makes the following observation: " Since 1980, interest in developing philosophical accounts of scientific knowledge that incorporate the social dimensions of scientific practice has been on the increase ". Many philosophers of science regard themselves as(More)
It is not a fate that you would not wish upon anyone: to be feted and celebrated during their lifetime as author of one of the 100 most important books of the twentieth century, and yet close on the heels of their demise, become rapidly subjected to a bout of reconsideration and rejection that borders on the vindictive, with the unabashed aim of relegating(More)
This paper examines the rising competition between computational and dynamic conceptualizations of complexity in economics. While computable economics views the complexity as something rigorously defined based on concepts from probability, information, and computability criteria, dynamic complexity is based on whether a system endogenously and(More)
Over the course of the last half-century, there have been a number of books which sought to explain artificial intelligence to a larger audience, and many more devoted to writing the formal history of AI. It is a tribute to her powers of observation and her conversational style that none has really proven more successful than Pamela McCorduck's Machines who(More)