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Sheila Dow's concept of dualism: Clarification, criticism and development

Mearman, Andrew


Andrew Mearman


This paper analyses Dow's concept of dualism and decomposes it into eight categories, one not explicitly identified by Dow. It is argued that Dow's original definition is underdeveloped and thereby lacking practical relevance. The paper presents a development of Dow's definition, which allows her to attack the splitting of polar categories. This significantly increases the relevance of Dow's definition of dualism and buttresses her criticisms of the mainstream. The paper also identifies 'heuristic dualism' in Dow's work. A distinction can be made between Dow's 'heuristic dualism', which is strictly an intermediate step in an argument, and the mainstream use of fixed dualistic categories. © The Author 2005. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Cambridge Political Economy Society. All rights reserved.


Mearman, A. (2005). Sheila Dow's concept of dualism: Clarification, criticism and development. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 29(4), 619-634.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2005
Journal Cambridge Journal of Economics
Print ISSN 0309-166X
Electronic ISSN 1464-3545
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 4
Pages 619-634
Keywords dualism, realism, methodology, open-systems, post-Keynesianism
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