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Towards the integration of social, economic and ecological knowledge

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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. (author's abstract)

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  • Spash, Clive L., 2012. "Towards the integration of social, economic and ecological knowledge," SRE-Discussion Papers 2012/04, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
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    Keywords

    integration; social ecological economics; philosophy of science; epistemology; K. William Kapp; 1910 - 1976; analogy; unity of science; interdisciplinarity; Sozialökonomie; Umweltökonomie; Interdisziplinarität;
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    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics

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