Ethics and economics in Karl Menger: how did social sciences cope with Hilbertism
AbstractThis paper deals with the contributions made to the social sciences by the mathematician Karl Menger (1902-1985), the son of the more famous economist, Carl Menger. Mathematician and a logician, he focused on whether it was possible to explain the social order in formal terms.1 He stressed the need to find the appropriate means with which to treat them, avoiding recourse to historical descriptions, which are unable to yield social laws. He applied Hilbertism to economics and ethics in order to build an axiomatic and formalized model of the individual behavior and the dynamics of social groups.
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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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- NEP-HPE-2009-04-13 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2009-04-13 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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