The Complexity of Economies and Pluralism in Economics
Claudius Graebner ()
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Claudius Graebner: Institute for Institutional and Innovation Economics (iino), University of Bremen, Germany, https://claudius-graebner.com/
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No 69, ICAE Working Papers from Johannes Kepler University, Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy
From the two premises that (1) economies are complex systems and (2) the accumulation of knowledge about reality is desirable, I derive the conclusion that pluralism with regard to economic research programs is a more viable position to hold than monism. To substantiate this claim I discuss an epistemological framework of how scholars study their objects of inquiry and relate their models to reality. Furthermore, I argue that given the current institutions of our scientific system, economics self-organizes towards a state of scientific unity. Since such a state is epistemologically inferior to a state of plurality, critical intervention is desirable.
Keywords: Complexity; Pluralism; Epistemology; Cumulative Causation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A1 A2 B4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
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