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E CON 434: H ISTORY OF E CONOMIC D OCTRINES *   O UTLINE AND  S CHEDULE NOTE: An original B IOGRAPHICAL S KETCH is posted for each name in S MALL C APS . HET = Landreth & Colander || WP = The Worldly Philosophers || CN xx = Class Notes 1 1/12 Mon Class Notes CN01 Introduction and Overview Expectations in this Course Grading The Environment of Intellectual History Philosophy and Science Philosophy is a study encompassing all our attempts to understand how and why . Science is a subset of philosophy that focuses on explanations of how . “If a phenomenon admits of a complete mechanical explanation it will admit of an infinity of others which will account equally well for all of the peculiarities disclosed by the experiment.” Henri Poincaré [1854-1912] The Foundations of Science , Paris 1892 Riddle: What is like a tree and a rope and a spear and a wall and a huge leaf and a fire hose? References: Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics
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Scarcity: The Basic Economic Problem Issue: If economics is about ( a ) scarcity (unlimited wants and limited resources) and ( b ) decisionmaking and its consequences, is any activity or phenomenon devoid of economic content? Methodological Squabbles Statics and Dynamics (Zeno v. Heraclites / Order v. Chaos) Analytical Determinism (Newton) v. Quantum Mechanics . . . . . . Stochasticity . . . Path Dependence . . .Historicism? General Equilibrium vs. Partial Equilibrium Issue: Do mathematical proofs identify irrefutable truths? Issue: Is reality continuous and deterministic or stochastically erratic? Assignments: HET : Ch. 1 “Introduction.” WP : Ch. 1 “Introduction” || CN 01 2 1/14 Wed CN02 AND HO01 Human Behavior - An Overview of Alternative Perspectives Anthropology . . . . . . Biology . . . . . . . . . . Economics . . . . . . . . Psychology . . . . . . . . Sociology . . . . . . . . . Sociobiology . . . . . . . Nurture vs . Nature? Evolutionary Survival of the Fittest? Self Interest? Internal Determinants of Thought and Action? Humans as Social Animals? Neo-Darwinism ( The Selfish Gene )?
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Anthropology Nature vs . Nurture Cultural Anthropologists vs. Eugenicists [Francis Galton] = a naïve fascistic elitism? (Jukes/Kallikaks vs . Lowells/Holmes) Franz Boaz, Margaret Meade, Ruth Benedict Joseph Campbell – Ceremony and Ritual Biology Evolution and Adaptation Charles Darwin . . . . . . . . . . . “Survival of the Fittest” ( per Herbert Spencer) Stephen Jay Gould . . . . . . . . . Adaptation and Mutation Sociobiology Do Gene Pools Trump Self Interest? [Evolutionary Biology? … Richard Dawkins . . . . . . . . . … Evolutionary Economics?] The Selfish Gene Robert Ardrey . . . . . . . . . . The Territorial Imperative
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2010 for the course ECON 434 taught by Professor Byrns during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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