Le prix Nobel d’économie nous amène à remettre au premier plan cet interview de Philip Mirowski, initialement publiée en octobre 2011.
The Nobel Memorial Prize defines high achievement in economics, and it validates the discipline’s claim for scientific authority. And yet, historically, it can be understood as a reflection of domestic policy conflicts in Sweden. This, Philip Mirowski would say, is but one example of the multifaceted nature of history. He and his team investigate how the Bank of Sweden’s goal of political independence wound up elevating the status of neoclassical thinking within the economics profession. Writing the history of the Nobel Memorial Prize to tease out the influence of economic doctrines on policy norms in recent decades — this is new economic thinking.
Philip Mirowski is Carl E. Koch Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of specialization are in the history and philosophy of economics and the economics of knowledge. “More Heat than Light” and “Machine Dreams” are but two of the numerous books he has written.