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Can mathematical modelling in social theory provide any insight? What are the arguments in favour of formal modelling?

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What are the uses and justifications of mathematical modelling in social theorising, particularly economics. Prominent claims make reference to rigour, clarity, consistency, elegance, testing, models as metaphors, heuristics, immanent critiques, mathematics as language, models as science, and so forth. But do the claims involved hold up and are they sufficient? These issues and more will be discussed.

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