The vanity of the economist: A comment on Peart and Levy's the "Vanity of the Philosopher"
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In the Vanity of the Philosopher, Sandra Peart and David Levy reconsider "postclassical" economics from the vantage point of Adam Smith's "analytical" egalitarianism. Analytical egalitarianism is assumed, not proved; and Peart and Levy's criticisms of many 19th- and early 20th-century economists, as well as eugenics in general, depend on equivocating between analytical and substantive egalitarianism. They fail to provide a non-question-begging critique of eugenics. © 2008 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/j.1536-7150.2008.00581.x
Publication InfoHoover, KD (2008). The vanity of the economist: A comment on Peart and Levy's the "Vanity of the Philosopher". American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 67(3). pp. 445-453. 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2008.00581.x. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/2039.
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Professor of Economics
Professor Hoover's research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, the history of economics, and the philosophy and methodology of empirical economics. His recent work in economics has focused on the application of causal search methodologies for structural vector autoregression, the history of microfoundational programs in macroeconomics, and Roy Harrod's early work on dynamic macroeconomics. In philosophy, he has concentrated on issues related to causality, especially in economi