Author: Marc Jacquinet

A note on Comte and positivism

  (Methodos XIV)   Marc Jacquinet Auguste Comte’s positivism presents interesting features for the history of economic thought.  First, his conception of science, under the heading of positivism or positive philosophy is more ambiguous than it is usually thought, even if we abstract the vagaries of his political and spiritual…

Abstraction chasing historical time: Another reading of Cournot

Abstraction chasing historical time: Another reading of Cournot (Methodos XIII) Marc Jacquinet Smith is well known for his interest in technology and technological change as we can see from reading the first book of the Wealth of Nations.  However, after Ricardo and Ricardians, technological change is not a central preoccupation…

History (I)

(Methodos V) Marc Jacquinet               In order to integrate history – the historical dimension of socio-economic phenomena, the reference to time cannot consist in simple prefatory remarks about the setting of the matter under study before presenting the main results of the enquiry.  It requires changes that lead to…