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Kenneth Boulding as a Moral Scientist

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  • Davis, John B.

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    (Department of Economics Marquette University)

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Kenneth Boulding’s AEA presidential address argued that economics is a moral science. His view derived from his general systems theory thinking, his three systems view of human society, and his early contributions to evolutionary economics. Boulding’s argument that economics could not be value-free should be distinguished from other well-known views of economics as a moral science, such as Gunnar Myrdal’s. This paper discusses the development and nature of Boulding’s thinking about economics as a moral science in the larger context of his thinking.

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Paper provided by Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics in its series Working Papers and Research with number 2011-01.

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Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Keywords: Boulding; moral science; general systems theory; three systems view; evolutionary economics;

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