Economics Imperialism: Concept and Constraints.

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  • Author(s): Mäki, Uskali
  • Source:
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Sep2009, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p351-380. 30p.
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      The paper seeks to offer [1] an explication of a concept of economics imperialism, focusing on its epistemic aspects; and [2] criteria for its normative assessment. In regard to [1], the defining notion is that of explanatory unification across disciplinary boundaries. As to [2], three kinds of constraints are proposed. An ontological constraint requires an increased degree of ontological unification in contrast to mere derivational unification. An axiological constraint derives from variation in the perceived relative significance of the facts explained. An epistemological constraint requires strong fallibilism acknowledging a particularly severe epistemic uncertainty and proscribing against over-confident arrogance. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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