I have just accidentally purchased 6 books on methodology, mostly economics but one from sociology and one general philosophy of science book. As I’m supposed to be estimating a whole lot of things at the moment, this combined with these new books may leave me a little quiet …
Hopefully I can get up from my slumber to write about the election during the weekend (and have the posts go up over the week). But if it doesn’t happen, here is the excuse. I’m time inconsistent and my best precommitment mechanism was to not buy the books – and it failed me.
Note: One of the books appears to be premised on the idea that economics is returning to sociology, and that eventually they’ll combined into the same discipline (called sociology). This isn’t the sociology book – this is one of the philosophy of economics books which I purchased under a bundle of “economic methodology books”. I will report back once I’ve read it – there is a different one I want to read first, to see if it is a better introductory book than a few others I already own (specifically this fellow I learnt from – with a pdf version appearing here it seems).
I love introductory books, even in areas where I have read a bit of the literature, as the people who can communicate the ideas most clearly are often those that understand it most deeply. Not always, but often.