Revolutionary Changes in Understanding Man and Society

Revolutionary Changes in Understanding Man and Society : Scopes and Limits

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After the unification of physical theories in a grand unified theory, the theories of evolution began to unify not only all social sciences but also the natural with the social sciences. This text provides an analysis of the new trends which lead into the 21st century, together with a critique of the received view. Presented here are 16 papers, two of which written by Nobel laureates. The first part, "Characteristic Features in Economic Science", criticizes the present status of traditional economic theories. "Discovery, Creativity, Cognition, and Computation: Basic Structure", the second part, opens up perspectives for the role of the new dynamic structures for the modern social sciences and philosophy. Part III, "Towards a Science of Man and Society: Philosophical and Methodological Foundations", offers the philosophical consequences that are triggered by the breakthrough of modern ideas.
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 22.86mm | 657.71g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 1 SW-Abb., IV, 300 p.
  • 0792336275
  • 9780792336273

Table of contents

Introduction; J. Götschl. Part I: Characteristic Features in Economic Science. The Economic Science of Today and Facts: A Critical Analysis of Some Characteristic Features; M. Allais. Technical Change Without Humans: Innovation in the Neoclassical Economic Theory; G. Rosegger. Part II: Discovery, Creativity, Cognition and Computation: Basic Structures. The Theory of Scientific Discovery; H.A. Simon. Understanding Creativity; M.A. Boden. The Role of Simulation Models in the Cognitive Sciences; A. Carsetti. The Mind and Computation; J.R. Searle. Part III: Towards a Science of Man and Society: Philosophical and Methodological Foundations. Self-Organization: New Foundations Towards a `General Theory of Reality'; J. Götschl. Towards a Science of Man; O. Schwemmer. Part IV: Rationality, Complexity and Uncertainty: New Interrelations. The New Theory of Evolution - A Theory of Democratic Societies; W. Leinfellner. Risk in Utility Theory, in Business and in the World of Fear and Hope; O. Hagen. Rational Choice Theory: A Critical Look at Its Foundations; M. Bunge. Complexity, the Concept of Uncertainty and Bounded Rationality of Man; B. Munier. Security. On the Reasons for the Sinking Acceptance of Risk; H. Lübbe. Part V: Aesthetical and Ethical Patterns. Nature as a Work of Art; P. Feyerabend. Ethics in Science - Substance or Rhetoric? J. Mittelstrass. Name Index. Subject Index.
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