Book: Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Foundations of Economic Evolution

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath has recently published a book entitled Foundations of Economic Evolution: A Treatise on the Natural Philosophy of Economics (Edward Elgar Pub, 2013, 704 pp.).

First paragraph of the preface: This book aims at providing a philosophical framework for the naturalistic turn in economics that is currently taking place. By this, I am referring to the fact that the sciences play an increasing role in economics, in the shape of new disciplines such as neuroeconomics, the diffusion of experimental methods and the further emphasis on the empirical methods while becoming nonchalant over the axiomatic foundations. However I believe the need for a philosophical foundation araising from the fact that the underlying theories of economics are not yet build on naturalistic foundations. One of the central difficulties relates with the perennial problem of the social sciences and their philosophy: How to account for the human capacity of meaning and autonomy against what would be perceived as a reductionist entreprise in which all human action would be subsumed under causal laws which are the domain of the sciences. My book submit a proposal of how to solve this problem.

Table of contents:

1. Ontology
2. Causation
3. Evolution
4. Individuals
5. Networks
6. Institutions
7. Technology
8. Markets

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