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The Problem with Economics: Naturalism, Critique and Performativity

Fabian Muniesa

Chapter Chapter 5 in Enacting Dismal Science, 2016, pp 109-129 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract How natural is economic nature and how provocative is it to claim that this nature is a provoke done? The purpose of this contribution is to expose the problem of the naturalness of economic things. Naturalism in modern economic reason is examined through a series of ‘breaching thought experiments’: intellectual setups in which economics, economic critique and the critique of economics are confronted to annoying situations or uncomfortable paradoxes. The very idea of the performativity of economics and the critical reactions it prompts are analysed in these terms: that is, as an anthropological test on the quandaries of economic naturalism.

Keywords: Economic Reason; Economic Reality; Economic Sociology; Economic Science; Economic Category (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-48876-3_5

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