Philip Mirowski

Professor Emeritus, Provost Office

Professor Emeritus, Provost Office
300 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7580

Research Interests

Areas of Specialization
History and Philosophy of Economic Theory; History and Philosophy of Economics; Politics of Science; Pharmaceutical Science and Regulation

I am a specialist in the areas of social studies of science, science policy, the politics of modern science, and the history and philosophy of economics. My recent papers can be accessed at my web page:



  • Against Mechanism: Protecting Economics from Science(1988)
  • More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics (1989)
  • (editor) Edgeworth's Writings on Chance, Probability and Statistics (1994)
  • (editor) Natural Images in Economics: Markets Read in Tooth and Claw (1994)
  • (editor) The Collected Economic Works of William Thomas Thornton (1999)
  • Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science (2001)
  • (editor with Esther-Mirjam Sent) Science Bought and Sold (2001)
  • The Effortless Economy of Science? (2004)
  • ScienceMart: Privatizing American Science (2011)
  • (co-edited with Rob van Horn and Thomas Stapleford) Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program (2011)
  • Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste (2013)
  • The Knowledge We have Lost in Information: A History of Information and Knowledge in Economics. (with Edward Nik-Khah) (forthcoming)

Recent Articles:

  • "Markets as Evolving Computational Entities" (1998)
  • "Cyborg Agonistes" (1999)
  • "The Economic Consequences of Philip Kitcher" (1996)
  • "Machine Dreams: Economic Agent as Cyborg" (1998)
  • "What's Kuhn Got to Do with It?" (2001)
  • “Re-engineering Scientific Credit in an Era of Globalised Information Economy" (2001)
  • “The Scientific Dimensions of Society and their Distant Echoes in American Philosophy of Science” (2004)
  • (with Rob Van Horn) “The Contract Research Organization and the Commercialization of Science” (2005)
  • “Naturalizing the Market on the Road to Revisionism: Caldwell on Hayek’s Challenge” (2007)
  • "Invention as the Mother of Necessity: reflections on Paul Forman’s The primacy of science in modernity” (2007)
  • (with Kyu Sang Lee) “The Energy behind Vernon Smith's experimental economics, illustrated by the Mirowski-Hands thesis” (2008)
  • “Livin’ with the MTA" (2008)
  • “The Neoliberal Thought Collective” (2009)
  • “Bibliometrics and Science Publication under the Modern Commercial Regime” (2010)
  • “The Modern Commercialization of Science is a Passel of Ponzi Schemes,” Social Epistemology, October 2012 (26:3-4): 285-310.
  • (with Eddie Nik-Khah), “Privatized Intellectuals and Public Disputes: Agnotology, the Economics Profession and the Crisis,” History of Political Economy, Supplement vol.45; The Economist as Public Intellectual, eds. Tiago Mata & Steven Medema, 2013, pp. 279-311.
  • (with Jeremy Walker & Antoinette Abboud) "Beyond Denial: Neoliberalism, Climate Change and the Left," Overland, 2013, (210): 80-86.
  • “Information in Economics: a fictional account,” Journal of Contextual Economics, forthcoming.

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellowship, All Souls College, Oxford University, Hilary Term 2008
  • Elected President, History of Economics Society, 2011
  • Senior Fellowship, Duke Center for the History of Political Economy, Duke University, Spring 2012


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B.A., Michigan State University, 1973
M.A., University of Michigan, 1976
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1979