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A Meta-theoretical Assessment of the Decline of Scholastic Economics

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  • Drakopoulos, Stavros A.
  • Gotsis, George

The aim of this paper is to offer certain insights into the process of declining of scholastic economics in late medieval and early modern European intellectual circles. In this attempt, the paper adopts the metatheoretical framework of Laudan’s philosophy of science and introduces the concept of scientific research tradition in pre-classical economic thought. It then considers the features of scholastic research tradition, specifies its empirical and conceptual problems and indicates a general scenario of assessing its performance over time. Of primary importance, in this respect, becomes the issue of evaluating the external and internal factors of disintegrating of the scholastic tradition, whose constraints reflect its incorporation into a broader ethical analysis and necessitate its transformation into a more secular approach to economic phenomena.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 12876.

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Date of creation: 2003
Date of revision: 2004
Publication status: Published in History of Economics Review Summer 2004.40(2004): pp. 19-45
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:12876
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