Terence W. Hutchison, 1912-

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Terence W. Hutchison has arguably been the official curmudgeon of the economics world - irritating everyone from the powerful to the meek. Hutchison's famous 1938 treatise, Significance and Basic Postulates of Economic Theory, was an early attempt at bringing logical positivism into economics - claiming that as long as economics rested on a hypothetical-deductive edifice, it remained a body of empty tautologies. In short, Hutchison called for the formulation of testable empirical hypothesis. It was precisely this tome that prompted F.H. Knight to essay his famous ruminating (and fiercely critical) response, "`What is Truth' in Economics" (1940) (which might explain, at least in part, Hutchison's over-laudatory treatment of Knight's rival, Jacob Viner). Hutchison entered another famous duel with Fritz Machlup in 1956 when Machlup attempted to reconcile economic practice with logical positivism - a reconciliation Hutchison refused to acknowledge and for which he earned the label of "Ultra-Empiricist".

Nonetheless, Hutchison has served as one of the most consistent and careful recorders of the history of economic thought and his incisive and often provocative insights in economic methodology have long accompanied the development of the discipline. Time has not yet mellowed him and his repeated fights with the Austrians and Ricardians have not worn away his sharp wit, but his sometimes bitter tone can obscure many valuable contributions. He still teaches at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

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