Spiethoff’s economic styles and the current debate about pluralism in economics
The article concentrates on the methodological aspects of the economic styles approach by Arthur Spiethoff. As it will be shown, this approach shows a lot of characteristics typically attributed to social economics, evolutionary economics, Tony Lawson’s social ontology and, therefore, to heterodox economics in general. However, it can also add interesting insights to the current debate about economics. Among others, a re-interpretation of this approach can help to outgrow the duality of either deduction or induction still dominating the debate about economics. It can also provide a general framework for different economic approaches, including the established (so-called) mainstream approaches.