Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics [electronic resource] / edited by Peter Róna, László Zsolnai.
- 1st ed. 2020.
- Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2020.
- Virtues and Economics, 2520-1794 ; 5
Virtues and Economics, 2520-1794 ; 5
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Philosophy and social sciences.
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- Ontology. (search)
History of Economic Thought/Methodology. (search)
Social Anthropology. (search)
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- This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do not encompass all of the dependent relationships encountered in social life. The idea that social reality is contingent has been known (and largely undisputed) at least since Wittgenstein’s “On Certainty”, but social science, and most notably economics has continued to operate on the basis of causal and agency theories borrowed or adapted from the natural sciences. This volume contains essays that retain and justify the partial or qualified use of this approach and essays that totally reject any use of causal and agency theory built on determined facts (closed systems).The rejection is based on the possibly original claim that, whereas causation in the objects of the natural sciences reside in their properties, human action is a matter of intentionality. It engages with critical realist theory and re-examines the role of free will in theories of human action in general and economic theory in particular.
Part I Theory
Nadine Elzein: Free Will and Empirical Arguments for Epiphenomenalism
Stephen Pratten: Causality, Agency and Change
Jason Blakely: How Economics Becomes Ideology: The Uses and Abuses of Rational Choice Theory
William Child: Economics, Agency, and Causal Explanation
Part II Praxis
Richard Conrad and Peter Hunter: Why Aquinas Would Agree That Human Economic Behaviour Is Largely Predictable
Paul Clough: Agency, Time and Morality: An Argument from Social and Economic Anthropology
Scott Meikle: The Switch from Agency to Causation in Marx
Margaret S. Archer: Social Morphogenesis: Critical Realism’s Explanatory Approach
Jonathan Price: Grotius’s Theological anthropology and modern contract doctrine.
- Róna, Peter. editor., Editor,
Zsolnai, László. editor., Editor,
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1007/978-3-030-26114-6 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Open Access
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