I just started reading my Economics text book for the class I taking this quarter. So far it is pretty interesting, though nothing ground breaking yet.
One thing that I find very odd is that it spends a not-insignificant portion of a chapter discussing the difference between positive and normative statements.
Why would an economics text go into philosophy in this way? It almost appears defensive doesn't it? Or is this just a way to justify the inclusion of opinion into the science?
Anyone have a good theory as to why this is covered in an introductory economics course?