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Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Department: History and Philosophy of Science

Supervisors: Anna Alexandrova, Ha Joon Chang

College: King's

AHRC Subject Area: Philosophy

Thesis topic: Contextualism and pluralism in economics


My Ph.D work examines how the ideas of pluralism and contextualism apply to economic methodology, and what this might mean for how economic expertise can and should be structured. In the thesis I add to the debates on objectivity, pluralism, and contextualism in the philosophy of science in general and relate them to popular calls for pluralising the discipline of economics.

I have also written on the epistemic status of economic modelling, the use of evidence-based and data driven forms of reasoning in policy making, and the politics of online encyclopaedias. Some of this, as well as parts of my thesis, will be published in 2018, please  for preprints.

I have an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science (Cambridge, 2014), an MSc in Mathematics (Toronto, 2013), a Graduate Diploma in Economics (LSE (External), 2012), and an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy (Edinburgh, 2010). During my undergraduate degree I also spend a year at UC Berkeley (2008-09) studying Mathematics and Philosophy.

I am co-founder and convenor of the CRASSH and Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative funded project The Politics of Economics. I have previously organised Paper 0