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Three Arguments Against Menger's Suggested Aristotelianism

  • Crespo Ricardo F.

    (Universidad Austral & Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas)

Specialists often maintain that Menger has been strongly influenced by Aristotles thought ideas.This paper shows that although using Aristotles categories and general framework there are some issues in which Mengers conclusions differs from Aristotles.This hint out that Mengers knowledge of Aristotles ideas was not sufficiently deep and precise so as to completely capture its very spirit.Section two lays out the differences between Mengers conception of theoretical science applied to economics and Aristotles conception of economics as a practical science.Section three maintains that the Mengerian claim about the methodological absurdity of empirically testing the conclusions of exact research is not genuinely Aristotelian.Section four deals with the issue of Mengers concept of organic social institutions showing its differences visà- vis an Aristotelian position.Les spécialistes soutiennent souvent que Menger a été fortement influencé par la pensée dAristote.Cet article montre que, bien quempruntant les catégories et la structure générale dAristote, certaines des conclusions de Menger diffèrent de celles dAristote.Larticle suggère que la connaissance quavait Menger des idées dAristote nétait pas suffisamment approfondie et précise pour en appréhender le sens plein.La section deux présente les différences entre la conception de la science théorique présente dans léconomique de Menger et la conception aristotélicienne de léconomie comme une science pratique.La troisième section soutient que largument de Menger au sujet de labsurdité méthodologique des tests empiriques des conclusions de la recherche exacte nest pas réellement aristotélicien. La section quatre aborde la question des institutions sociales organiques chez Menger et montre ses différences vis-à-vis de la position aristotélicienne.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines.

Volume (Year): 13 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-24

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:13:y:2003:i:1:n:3
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