Second Thoughts on ‘Second Thoughts:’ Reconsidering the Lakatosian Progress of The General Theory
Review of Political Economy
In my paper ‘Second thoughts on Lakatos’ (Hands, 1985) I argued that Keynes's The general theory would not be considered progressive on a strict application of Lakatosian standards of progress. I viewed this (along with other arguments in the paper) to be an indictment of Lakatos's philosophy of science since Lakatos explicitly requires a successful methodology to reconstruct the ‘best gambits’ of the science as rational. At least two authors, Guy Ahonen and Mark Blaug, have written detailed criticisms of my evaluation of the Lakatosian progressivity of The general theory. This paper is my reply to these criticisms.
Hands, D W. "Second Thoughts on ‘second Thoughts’: Reconsidering the Lakatosian Progress Ofthe General Theory.?." Review of Political Economy. 2.1 (1990): 69-81. Print.