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Research Interests


Social ontology, philosophy of science, political economy and history of thought

Selected Publications


Published Papers

Lawson, T. Money’s Relation to Debt: some problems with MMT’s conception of money, Real-World Economics Review, (2019)(89) pp. 109-128
Lawson, T. Debt as Money, Cambridge Journal of Economics, (2018) vol 42(4) pp. 1165–1181
Lawson, T. The Constitution and Nature of Money, Cambridge Journal of Economics, (2018) vol 42(3) pp. 851-873
Lawson, T. What is wrong with modern economics, and why does it stay wrong?, Journal of Australian Political Economy, (2017) vol 2017(80) pp. 26-42
Lawson, T. Comparing Conceptions of Social Ontology, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, (2016) vol 46(4) pp. 359-399
Lawson, T. Ontology and social relations: reply to Doug Porpora and to Colin Wight, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, (2016)
Lawson, T. Social Positioning and the Nature of Money, Cambridge Journal of Economics, (2016) vol 40(6) pp. 961-996
Lawson, T. The Nature of the Firm, and Peculiarities of the Corporation, Cambridge Journal of Economics, (2015)

Authored Book

Lawson, T. The Nature of Social Reality: Issues in Social Ontology, (2019) Economics as Social Theory - Routledge
Lawson, T. The Nature and State of Modern Economics, (2015) Economics as Social Theory - Routledge
Lawson, T. Reorienting Economics, (2003) - Routledge
Lawson, T. Economics and Reality, (1997) - Routledge

Chapter in Book

Lawson, T. Eudaimonic Bubbles, Social Change and the NHS, (2017) in the book: Morphogenesis and Eudaimonia - Springer
Lawson, T. What is this 'school' called neoclassical economics?, (2016) in the book: What is neoclassical economics? Debating the origins, meaning and significance - Routledge
Lawson, T. Ideology and economics, (2016) in the book: Crisis system: a critical realist and environmental critique of economics and the economy - Routledge
Lawson, T. A Conception of Social Ontology, (2015) in the book: Social ontology and modern economics - Routledge
Lawson, T. Critical Ethical Naturalism: an Orientation to Ethics, (2015) in the book: Social ontology and modern economics - Routledge

Research Projects and Seminars


Cambridge Social Ontology Group
Cambridge Realist Workshop

Research Activities


The Nature of Social Reality: Issues in Social Ontology
Professor Tony Lawson's new book "The Nature of Social Reality: Issues in Social Ontology" has been published by Routledge. It is part of their Economics as Social Theory series. - Published on: Wednesday 12th June 2019

Conference Marking 25 Years of the Cambridge Realist Workshop
A Reunion Conference was held in Newnham College Cambridge, September 7-9 2015. It was held to mark the the fact that the Cambridge Realist workshop has been running for 25 Years. - Published on: Wednesday 1st July 2015

Research Grants


ISRF Professorial Research Fellowship (Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF))

Teaching


PIIA Paper 8 - Lent - Issues in Social Ontology

Professor Tony Lawson













Professor of Economics and Philosophy

Research Group:
Alternative approaches to economics, history of economic thought, and methodology


Contact Details
Email: Tony.Lawson@econ.cam.ac.uk
Room: 24
Office Hours: Email for appointment or anytime he is in the office


Links


    Tony Lawson
    (Cambridge)
    "The nature of social reality"
    Monday 27th January 2020 8:00pm
    Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College (Cambridge Realist Workshops)
    Simon Deakin
    (Cambridge)
    "The ontology of the corporation"
    Monday 10th February 2020 8:00pm
    Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College (Cambridge Realist Workshops)
    Stephen Pratten
    (Kings College London)
    "Money, social positioning and trust"
    Monday 24th February 2020 8:00pm
    Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College (Cambridge Realist Workshops)
    Jana Bacevic
    (Cambridge)
    "Valuation, epistemic positioning, and inequalities"
    Monday 9th March 2020 8:00pm
    Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College (Cambridge Realist Workshops)