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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 1 / 2015 (602), Spring

Epistemic transfers in economics from social sciences

Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Abstract. The great challenge Economics is currently faced with consist in the release from the chains of mechanistic – mathematical dogma, the linear way of thinking and the narrowness of the homo oeconomicus concept. The straitjacket of rationality imposed by the need for consistency of elections created explanatory models finally refuted by empirical observations. The main principles that need to abide by is to avoid iatrogenic epistemic transfers and eclecticism. This article aims to analyze in a concise manner the errors generated by creating artificial homomorphism to adapt the models of “Strong” Science (Mathematics, Physics) to the requirements of Economics while moving the stake to epistemic transfers from the Social Sciences. The legitimacy of this approach is given by the very object of study of Economics, namely man.

Keywords: economics, social sciences, theory of knowledge, paradigm, epistemic transfers.

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The Economicity. The Epistemic Landscape, Marin Dinu, 2016


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