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Towards the integration of social, economic and ecological knowledge

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  • Clive L. Spash

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Integration of knowledge has become a contentious issue in an age where increasing specialisation creates boundaries and division. Yet, there is an identifiable need for integration across social, ecological and economic understandings if we are to address ever more threatening crises and alarming potential scenarios. This paper relates to the work of K. William Kapp and in so doing raises questions about how integration might be achieved. A core idea that arises is the role of common denominator concepts.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business in its series SRE-Disc with number sre-disc-2012_04.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwsre:sre-disc-2012_04

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Keywords: Integration; social ecological economics; philosophy of science; epistemology; K. William Kapp; analogy; unity of science; interdisciplinarity;

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  1. Clive L. Spash, 2012. "Ecological Economics and Philosophy of Science: Ontology, Epistemology, Methodology and Ideology," SRE-Disc sre-disc-2012_03, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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