Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics

The blossoming research field “philosophy of economics” has a new resource: the “Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics”. It is co-edited by Conrad Heilmann (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Julian Reiss (Johannes Kepler University Linz). The book was launched at the 9th Biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice conference in July 2022 in Ghent.

A new resource for philosophy of economics

The Handbook captures the most important topics and recent trends in the field “philosophy of economics”. It is an outstanding reference source for the key topics, problems, and debates at the intersection of philosophical and economic inquiry. It captures this field of countless exciting interconnections, affinities, and opportunities for cross-fertilization.

Book launch at the “Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice”

Julian Reiss, Antoinette Baujard, Aki Lehtinen, Jennifer Jhun, Guilhem Lecouteux, Melissa Vergara Fernandez, Conrad Heilmann, Robert Northcott, Alexander Linsbichler, Philippe Verreault-Julien.
Julian Reiss, Antoinette Baujard, Aki Lehtinen, Jennifer Jhun, Guilhem Lecouteux, Melissa Vergara Fernandez, Conrad Heilmann, Robert Northcott, Alexander Linsbichler, Philippe Verreault-Julien.

The Handbook was launched by two roundtable discussions 9th Biennial “Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice” conference in July 2022 at the University of Ghent. Both roundtable discussions were moderated by the co-editors Conrad Heilmann and Julian Reiss and featured contributors to the Handbook.

Roundtable discussions

The first roundtable centred on the role of values for economic policy-making. Antoinette Baujard, Alexander Linsbichler, and Guilhem Lecouteux discussed questions such as: what precisely is the role of experts, for instance when making policies that concern contested topics like inflation? The second roundtable focuses on the role of methodological challenges. Melissa Vergara Fernandez, Philippe Verreault-Julien, Aki Lehtinen and Robert Northcott debated questions such as: what, after the “empirical turn” in economics, is the remaining productive role for theory in economics?

35 chapters giving comprehensive coverage

Comprising 35 chapters by a diverse team of contributors from all over the globe, the Handbook shows that philosophy of economics is an established but also exciting field of research. The volume is essential reading for students and researchers in economics and philosophy who are interested in exploring the interconnections between the two disciplines. Eight sections cover the following topics: Rationality, Cooperation and Interaction, Methodology, Values, Causality and Explanation, Experimentation and Simulation, Evidence, and Policy.


Economics has shaped our world through the influence its ideas have had on business behaviour and government policies. As this climate of ideas is clearly changing, there could not be a better time to explore the philosophy of economics. This Handbook is an important contribution to interrogating economics and asking how the discipline could be set on firmer ethical and philosophical foundations.
Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge

This handbook is a unique reference on the philosophy of economics, with a very comprehensive coverage and an impressive slate of contributors, many of them belonging to a generation of emerging scholars in the field. It nicely integrates questions of rationality, ethics, and methodology, and it firmly establishes the intimate connection between philosophy and economics, two disciplines which share many traits and interests. A most useful resource for researchers and students interested in the field.
Marc Fleurbaey, Paris School of Economics

Handbooks manifest progress and growth of a research field. Since the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics (2009) and Philosophy of Economics / Handbook of the Philosophy of Science (2012) about a decade ago, there have been many important new developments in the field. Here we have a wonderfully enriched variety of topics presented to us by an impressive group of a new generation of experts.
Uskali Mäki, University of Helsinki

Handbooks are in fashion; this one addresses both philosophers’ questions about economics and economists’ engagement with philosophy. Its 35 chapters range from discussions of the hard, but shared, issues of ethics and values, to the equally difficult practical problems about how economics gets done on the scientific frontier. An invaluable companion piece for both disciplinary communities, and for those who practice in both.
Mary S. Morgan, London School of Economics

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