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On the affiliation of phenomenology and ordoliberalism: Links between Edmund Husserl, Rudolf and Walter Eucken


  • Rainer Klump
  • Manuel Wörsdörfer


This paper explores the various personal and intellectual links between Edmund Husserl, Rudolf and Walter Eucken. Our interdisciplinary approach gives an insight into Husserl's transcendental phenomenology, Walter Eucken's Ordoliberalism as well as in the interdependency between phenomenology and economics for which Rudolf Eucken's philosophy of intellectual life plays an important role. Particular affiliations between phenomenology and economics can be found in the following topics: epistemology, the idea of man, the comprehension of liberty and the importance of legal or social orders, institutional rules and frameworks of regulations.

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  • Rainer Klump & Manuel Wörsdörfer, 2011. "On the affiliation of phenomenology and ordoliberalism: Links between Edmund Husserl, Rudolf and Walter Eucken," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(4), pages 551-578, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:18:y:2011:i:4:p:551-578
    DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2010.487286

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    1. Goldschmidt, Nils & Rauchenschwandtner, Hermann, 2007. "The Philosophy of Social Market Economy: Michel Foucault's Analysis of Ordoliberalism," Freiburg Discussion Papers on Constitutional Economics 07/4, Walter Eucken Institut e.V..
    2. Vanberg, Viktor J., 2004. "The Freiburg School: Walter Eucken and Ordoliberalism," Freiburg Discussion Papers on Constitutional Economics 04/11, Walter Eucken Institut e.V..
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    1. Nils Goldschmidt, 2013. "Walter Eucken’s place in the history of ideas," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 26(2), pages 127-147, June.
    2. Kolev, Stefan & Goldschmidt, Nils & Hesse, Jan-Otmar, 2014. "Walter Eucken's role in the early history of the Mont Pèlerin Society," Freiburg Discussion Papers on Constitutional Economics 14/02, Walter Eucken Institut e.V..

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