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040055 SE Philosophy and Economics: essentialist and nominalist positions (MA) (2018W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 01.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 08.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 15.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 22.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 29.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 05.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 12.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 19.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 26.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 03.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 10.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 07.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 14.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 21.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Montag 28.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Content:
Attempts to solve open problems in economic theory frequently result in methodological
debates regarding the structure of satisfactory explanations in the theoretical and historical
social sciences and their epistemological status. By discussing methodological and epistemological issues authors participating in those debates seem to hope to find adequate solutions for open problems in economic theory. In this seminar the different kinds of explanations proposed in economics are discussed; special emphasis will be placed on the relation between open problems in economic theory and the kind of explanations proposed in order to solve them. On the basis of investigations regarding the structure of different kinds of explanations different positions regarding the epistemological status of the theoretical and historical social sciences will be considered.
Aims:
On the basis of major theoretical problems discussed in the history of economic ideas, such as the explanation of exchange and relative prices, diligent students will learn to make sense of the theoretical as well as of the historical and philosophical background which constitutes the framework in which the different types of explanations proposed in the theoretical and historical social sciences are developed. Also students will learn to evaluate the different arguments and criticisms proposed in those debates.
Method:
Teaching consists in one unbroken 90-minute seminar. The language of instruction 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 different text passages and questions distributed in advance. Also they have to present their answers in one 20 min talk at one particular meeting and contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes. In addition they have to write a short seminar paper (ca 15 to 20 pages) on problems not discussed in their talks. Talks and seminar papers can be in English as well as in German.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Efforts of students are evaluated on the basis of critical contributions to discussions, talks and seminar papers

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Rewards and Requirements:
In order to conclude this seminar successfully students have to provide one 20 min talk and hand in a short seminar paper of about 15 to 20 pages; they also have to contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes. Talks and seminar papers are evaluated according to the clarity, precision, logical structure and completeness regarding the problems and arguments discussed.

Prüfungsstoff

Subjects of examination:
Problems discussed in talks and seminar papers

Literatur

Principal Literature:
K.R. Popper, 'Three Views Concerning Human Knowledge', in: K.R. Popper, Conjectures and Refutations, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London 1985. (any edition will do; there exists a more recent one with Routledge)
additional literature will be provided in due course.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MA HPS: M1.1, M1.2., M1.3., M3, M4

Letzte Änderung: Mi 13.03.2019 10:47