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Proof: The Rhetoric of Truth

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At the very least, reading the Mäki-McCloskey conversation vividly highlights the rhetoric dimension of the philosophy of economics and science in general. My implied reader is already aware of many of the postmodern complications that are in play within this polemic. Mäki’s rhetoric is so haughtily sober and polite, while McCloskey’s is so cynically playful and irreverent. Both authors insist on the similarity between them in such an overstressed manner that prompts me to consider the performative purposes and strategic designs emerging in their texts.