Perspectives on Science seminar 16.3.

At the next Perspectives on Science seminar on Monday 16.3. at 14-16 Aki Lehtinen (Nankai University) will give a presentation with the title “Why do macroeconomists want a core model?”. The seminar will be organized as an online meeting in Zoom, an online conference tool supported by University of Helsinki.

Perspectives on Science is a weekly research seminar which brings together experts from science studies and philosophy of science. It is organized by TINT, the Centre for Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. More information about the seminar here.

Information about using Zoom can be found here. If you experience problems with Zoom, please contact research assistants jannika.lalu(a) or kaisla.kareoja(a)
Meeting ID: 631-353-899


This paper provides an overview of recent mainstream macroeconomic debates. The discussion is framed in terms of the informal notion of a ‘core model’. A core model may refer to a commonly known set of model components and a common view about the economy, that enables focusing discussion and that allow for efficient communication. The notion of a core model has further meanings, however, and the paper aims to construct an account of the mainstream view by way of disentangling such meanings.

Author bio:

Aki Lehtinen is a professor of philosophy at Nankai University, Tianjin
China. He has been working on modelling and robustness, as well as
various topics in philosophy of economics such as rational choice
theory, social choice and game theory.