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040049 SE Philosophy and Economics (MA) (2021W)

Truth, Precision and Certainty; Formal Methods in Economic Theory Seminar Masterprogramm

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung
DIGITAL
Mi 06.10. 18:30-20:00 Digital

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The format is subject to change. At the moment, we plan to hold all meetings online.

Mittwoch 13.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 20.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 27.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 03.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 10.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 17.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 24.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 01.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 15.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 12.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 19.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Mittwoch 26.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Content
Mayer and other authors claim that scientists face a trade-off between truth and relevance on the one hand, and precision and rigour on the other hand. According to Mayer and other critics, an excessive over-formalization of mainstream economics has driven the discipline towards an exaggerated emphasis on precision and rigour, thereby neglecting truth and relevance of economic theories. The seminar will start by introducing students to some of the problems and arguments in these debates, using Mayer (1992) and other readings. Subsequently, four clusters of concepts and positions will be rationally reconstructed and critically assessed: (1) truth, (2) realism, hypotheticism, and instrumentalism, (3) economic models, (4) formalization and the use of formal methods. Special attention will be paid to explications of different uses of some of the key-terms in these debates.
Aims
By discussing different epistemological and methodological views regarding human knowledge diligent students will learn to make sense of the theoretical problems and their historical background as well as to evaluate the achievements and main criticisms proposed in different debates.
Method:
Teaching consists in one unbroken 90-minute seminar, in which usually one or two texts are critically discussed. The language of discussion is English, though German is welcome as well, depending on the texts discussed. Students are required to prepare for every meeting on the basis of obligatory readings.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Basis of Evaluation
Efforts of students are evaluated on the basis of critical contributions to discussions (30%), talks (‘kick-off presentations’, 10%), seminar papers (25%), and written answers to weekly assignments (35%). Written answers to questions, talks and seminar papers are evaluated according to the clarity, precision, logical structure and completeness regarding the problems and arguments discussed.

The exact weights of these activities for the composition of the final grade will be announced during the first class meeting.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Rewards and Requirements
In order to conclude this seminar successfully students have to provide one 10 min talk and hand in a short seminar paper of about 5000 words; they also have to hand in answers to questions assigned on a weekly basis (usually ~400 words) and contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes. Written answers, talks and seminar papers are evaluated according to the clarity, precision, logical structure, and completeness regarding the problems and arguments discussed. Weekly assignments and seminar papers can be in English as well as in German. By registering for this course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Prüfungsstoff

Subjects of Examinations
Problems discussed in questions, talks and seminar papers

Literatur

Thomas Mayer - Truth versus Precision in Economics (Elgar).
Further readings to be announced and will be provided via Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 22.09.2021 15:48