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1Recent developments in economics are characterized by both an increased fragmentation and a simultaneous enhancement of the field.

2On the one hand, and with few exceptions, theoretical researchers and practitioners in economics are facing a trend of knowledge specialization and an even greater narrowing of their applications. This trend is in singular contrast with the great comprehensive synthetic systems of the past. On the other hand, specialization is partly the result of ever-closer exchanges with other disciplines, such as sociology, law, psychology, political science and history that tend to blur strict disciplinary boundaries.

3Hence, specialization in economics leads to a burgeoning of perspectives on the foundations and nature of economic knowledge, their postulates, concepts, tools, methods, theoretical validations and their empirical relevance.

4Research in the history of economic thought, in economic philosophy and methodology, as well as in economic history has not escaped from this trend of specialization. Contributing to a general and welcome critical approach to economic theory and its applications, all these lines of research have developed largely in isolation one from another. This “compartmentalization” is all the more regrettable in that the transformations of economics call for an urgent sharing of perspectives and an effort of synthesis.

5In this context, a place for debates and exchanges, gathering together researchers in history of economic thought, economic philosophy, methodology and in economic history was indispensable but seemed to be sorely lacking.

6To build such a place for debate and intellectual exchange is the central editorial endeavour of Œconomia – History/ Methodology/Philosophy. With this aim in mind, Œconomia intends to publish articles at the frontiers between these various domains, renewing thus our knowledge and understanding of authors and schools of thought, of tools of analysis, institutions and economic policies. By casting a methodological and historical perspective on a wide range of subjects, Œconomia aims at stimulating the debates and reflections on recent evolutions of political economy and economic theory.

7Historians of economic thought are likely to enrich their research through connections with economic history, science studies or methodology. The diversification of methods, the growing complexity of models and systems of assumptions should open the way to a system of reflection where philosophy and methodology join forces to help us contemplate the relationships between economics and other social sciences. Transdisciplinary exchanges could thus continuously deepen the methods of economic philosophy and normative economics and help us revise the way we look at economic ethics, welfare economics and social justice.

8Œconomia – History/Methodology/Philosophy is a quarterly, bilingual (French/English) journal publishing articles, surveys and a significant book review section. From time to time, Œconomia intends to publish thematic symposia gathering articles on a major theme. Œconomia is produced in a traditional print version and is also available online from the publisher’s website (www.necplus).

9Œconomia History/Methodology/Philosophy subscribes to no particular school of thought. The members of the Editorial board are drawn from a wide variety of countries and are representative a large spectrum of research interests.

On behalf of the editors, Jean-Sébastien Lenfant

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Jean-Sébastien Lenfant, « Editorial  »Œconomia, 1-1 | 2011, 5-7.

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