Modernity and economic discourse: still on McCloskey

Vol. 19 No. 4 (1999)

Oct-Dec / 1999
Published October 1, 1999
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How to Cite

Paulani, Leda Maria. 1999. “Modernity and Economic Discourse: Still on McCloskey”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 19 (4):647-65.

Modernity and economic discourse: still on McCloskey

Leda Maria Paulani
Professora do Departamento de Economia da Faculdade de Economia e Administração da Universidade de São Paulo (FEA/USP) e do Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas – IPE-USP, São Paulo/SP, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 19 No. 4 (1999), Oct-Dec / 1999, Pages 647-665


This paper is part of a debate on rethoric in economics that has begun with the publication of the works of McCloskey and spilled over to Brazil. A paper of mine, written in 1992, produced an intense polemics that appeared in its entirety in the book edited by Rego (Retórica na Economia, São Paulo, editora 34, 1996). In the present work I trie to answer the critics to my position confronting the appointments of McCloskey with those of Rorthy’s pragmatism and considering, on the other hand, the different meanings envolving in McCloskey’s use of the term “rethoric”.

JEL Classification: B41; B31; B20.

Keywords: Rhetoric economic methodology McCloskey