Deductive Economic Methodology in the French Enlightenment: Condillac and Destutt De Tracy

  title={Deductive Economic Methodology in the French Enlightenment: Condillac and Destutt De Tracy},
  author={Daniel B. Klein},
  • D. Klein
  • Published 1 March 1985
  • Economics, History
This article argues that two early French theorists, Condillac (1714-1780) and Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836), were sophisticated deductivists in economics. The historical investigations of economic methodology recognize the deductivist tradition in classical economics and its continuation into the neoclassical era. The nineteenth-century leaders - Nassau Senior, J.S. Mill, and J.E. Cairnes - and the twentieth-century developers - Lionel Robbins, Frand Knight, and Ludwig von Mises - have received… 
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