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Abstract

In the Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality, Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1754 sketches a hypothetical illegitimate social contract to explain the origin of socioeconomic inequality. Rousseau himself notes that his illegitimate social contract is not intended to be historically accurate. But this casts doubt on the methodological validity of his argument. According to Ronald Coase-s 1981 criticism of Milton Friedman 1953 statements on the methodology of positive economics, theoretical models, to be valid, must possess a certain degree of realism which Rousseau-s does not. This same criticism applies to Carole Pateman-s adaptation of Rousseau in her Sexual Contract 1988.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Do Economic Models Have to be Realistic?: A Methodological Criticism of Rousseau-s Discourse on Inequality-

English Title: Do Economic Models Have to be Realistic?: A Methodological Criticism of Rousseau-s Discourse on Inequality-

Language: English-

Keywords: Rousseau, Coase, Pateman, Sexual Contract, methodology, inequality-

Subjects: B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B3 - History of Economic Thought: Individuals > B31 - IndividualsB - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B4 - Economic Methodology > B41 - Economic MethodologyI - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty-





Author: Makovi, Michael

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/65790/



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