I wish to thank four anonymous referees of the original article, whose comments contributed to the improvement of the article. The review process has been extremely helpful in orienting the article in a way that better addresses my viewpoint.
Economics, Darwinism, and the Case of Disciplinary Imports
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
© 2013 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc.
American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume 72, Issue 1, pages 179–198, January 2013
How to Cite
Cojanu, V. (2013), Economics, Darwinism, and the Case of Disciplinary Imports. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 72: 179–198. doi: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2012.00867.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
The problem of causality in economics is still contended by various epistemological alternatives. The article builds on the received view of Darwinism in economics and examines the way in which economics and biology find common ground in concepts and assumptions that reflect causal commonalities of the natural and the social world. We claim that the role the contingent pattern plays in understanding socioeconomic change provides reasons to concede corrections to a rule-based causal mechanism. The article concludes on the merits of advancing the ontological equivalent of interdisciplinary studies as one possible standard in reference to which to judge the epistemic adequacy of any import.