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040066 SE Philosophy-Politics-Economics-Anti-and Pronaturalistic Doctrines in Economics: a guided reading (MA) (2017S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 02.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 09.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 16.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 23.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 30.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 06.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 04.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 11.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 18.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 01.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 08.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 22.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 29.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Frequently epistemological and methodological positions in economics are classified into pro- and antinaturalistic positions. This classification is based on views regarding the applicability of the methods of the natural sciences in the theoretical social sciences and in history. Since those methods were regarded to be inductive methods, anti- and pronaturalistic positions may also be regarded as attempts to solve the problem of applying inductive methods in the theoretical social sciences and in history. This seminar examines the different anti- and pronaturalistic positions as developed by different authors and aims at showing that the problem of induction and demarcation are the two fundamental problems triggering those positions. Discussions in the seminar will be based on a ‘guided reading’ of different texts defending anti- and pronaturalistic positions as well as on student’s talks introducing specific anti- and pronaturalistic positions. The seminar introduces students to the philosophy of economics and the social sciences in general. Diligent students will learn to make sense of and evaluate the historical background, achievements, main criticisms and later developments of controversies in economics which implictly still cover much ground in temporary discusssions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are required to present one substantial talk (45 minutes) and contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes. Talks will be in English or German, each followed by discussions. On the basis of their talks students will write a seminar paper which they hand in after the seminar has terminated. Grades can only be awarded if all requirements have been met successfully.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are required to attend the seminar on a regular basis, prepare principal texts for every meeting, prepare talks (45 min); contribute to discussions and write a seminar paper.

Examination topics

At the first 7 meetings texts are to be prepared and discussions will take place on the basis of those principal texts. These meetings will be followed by reading weeks. In that period students will meet on an individual basis with me in order to discuss their reading and the structure of their talks. The presentation of talks starts in June.

Reading list


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