On the possibility of quantitative‐mathematical social science, chiefly economics Some preliminary considerations

On the possibility of quantitative‐mathematical social science, chiefly economics Some... Argues preliminarily that quantitative-mathematical social science, including economics, is not possible because it applies a method useful in other areas to a field to which it cannot be applied and because the truth claim of science so conceived is self-referential to begin with. The argument is primarily based on the classic Gadamerian hermeneutic critique of the natural sciences and on the conception of the social sciences as related to phronésis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Economic Studies Emerald Publishing

On the possibility of quantitative‐mathematical social science, chiefly economics Some preliminary considerations

Journal of Economic Studies, Volume 27 (4/5): 14 – Aug 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
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0144-3585
DOI
10.1108/01443580010341727
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Abstract

Argues preliminarily that quantitative-mathematical social science, including economics, is not possible because it applies a method useful in other areas to a field to which it cannot be applied and because the truth claim of science so conceived is self-referential to begin with. The argument is primarily based on the classic Gadamerian hermeneutic critique of the natural sciences and on the conception of the social sciences as related to phronésis.

Journal

Journal of Economic StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2000

Keywords: Social sciences; Hermeneutics; Methods; Economics

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