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At the Edge of CamelotDebating Economics in Turbulent Times$
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Donald W. Katzner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765355.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
At the Edge of Camelot

Donald W. Katzner

Oxford University Press

One of the most important and exciting aspects of university life is the lively interchange of ideas. This took place in the Amherst Economics Department of the University of Massachusetts as “cross-paradigmatic” interaction among four competing paradigms: neoclassical economics, Marxism combined with political and social liberalism, Marxism combined with Keynesian economics, and Marxism as the mutual interaction of all analytical elements. One side effect of these interactions involved conflicts that arose in administering the Department as the different constituencies had different visions of how the Department should be run. Another side effect was the prodigious research output that emerged from the Department.

Keywords:   intellectual interaction, perfection, paradigm, research output, cross-paradigmatic interaction, Marxism, neoclassical economics, Keynesian economics

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