Diversity in the moral sciences

Gerald Gaus

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Pete Boettke’s “What Is Still Wrong with the Austrian School of Economics?” sketches a program for Austrian economics based on a Kuhnesque analysis of scientific communities. His core recommendations focus on what we might call the Uptake and Diffusion dimensions of the scientific enterprise. If taken as a core commitment, they entail an Integrationist program, a concomitant of which is a reduction in the unique insights of the Austrian approach and, so, an overall reduction of the diversity of perspectives in political economy and moral sciences. A cost of this program is to decrease the diversity of perspectives in economics, which in turn decreases the ability of Republic of Economic Science to explore and solve a wider variety of problems. The author presents the “Fundamental Diversity Dilemma,” according to which there is a trade-off between uptake/plausibility and diversity: as we increase uptake and plausibility, we decrease diversity. The author concludes with a defense of the role of heterodox research programs, and questioning the focus on a small set of metrics to indicate excellent and important research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Austrian Economics
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Oct 28 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Austrian Economics
ISSN (Print)1529-2134


  • Boettke
  • Categorizations
  • Diversity
  • Moral science
  • Perspectives
  • Scientific communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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