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Issues And Epistemological Mutations In The Economic Field

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  • Angelica-Nicoleta ONEA

    () („Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi/Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Bulevardul Carol I, Nr.22, 700506)

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Knowledge in economics, as well as in other fields included in social sciences, can not be achieved upon the Galilean model, so customary in natural sciences. In time, its transfer conducted to the finding of some inconsistencies at the level of theory or between theory and practice. The subject-object discernibility, a possible simplification in natural science, becomes problematically in social sciences, where this delimitation operates only in theory, and, actually, the effects of the whole "package" are registered in. Also, the repeatability of initial conditions, possible in natural sciences through the control of the variables, becomes inoperative within social sciences that can not recreate the original context. All these lead to the idea that explanatory models and theories based on the causaltype determinism do not provide satisfactory answers. That is why the Aristotelian tradition is brought into attention, emphasizing the determinism of intelligibility type.

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  • Angelica-Nicoleta ONEA, 2012. "Issues And Epistemological Mutations In The Economic Field," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 9, pages 191-203, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:y:2012:i:9:oneaa
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    Keywords

    praxeology; economics; human action; causality; teleology;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • B49 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Other
    • B59 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Other

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