April 1, 2008

Gordon Tullock's The Organization of Inquiry: A Critical Appraisal

  • Bruce Caldwell

    Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Economics, UNC-Greensboro
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Caldwell, Bruce. "Gordon Tullock's 'The Organization of Inquiry:' A Critical Appraisal." Public Choice 135, nos.1-2 (2008): 23-34.

The major themes of Gordon Tullock's 1996 book The Organization of Inquiry are identified. Tullock's treatment of the philosophy of science is criticized, as is his explanation for the backwardness of the social sciences relative to the natural sciences. The paper closes with a listing of some of Tullock's proposals for the reform of science.