In this article I want to show the ambiguity of the popular division of economics: 'positive economics' and 'normative economics'. In my opinion economists interpret the meaning of these terms in different ways. At the beginning I present the criteria of distinguishing 'positive economics' from 'normative economics', which are often used by different groups of contemporary economists. Then I create a typology of different meanings of these terms used by the economists. Finally, I quote different economists who use these terms in different meanings. This way I present the ambiguities in economists' language. I conclude by indicating the damage caused by the ambiguity of the discussed classification. It can be the cause of unsolved arguments that unnecessarily involve participants' time and effort.
Czarny Boguslaw, Szkola Glowna Handlowa; Al. Niepodleglosci 164; 02-554 Warszawa, Poland
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