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On the possibility of quantitative‐mathematical social science, chiefly economics: Some preliminary considerations

Wolfgang Drechsler (University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 1 August 2000

Abstract

Argues preliminarily that quantitative‐mathematical social science, including economics, is not possible because it applies a method useful in other areas to a field to which it cannot be applied and because the truth claim of science so conceived is self‐referential to begin with. The argument is primarily based on the classic Gadamerian hermeneutic critique of the natural sciences and on the conception of the social sciences as related to phronésis.

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Drechsler, W. (2000), "On the possibility of quantitative‐mathematical social science, chiefly economics: Some preliminary considerations", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 27 No. 4/5, pp. 246-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443580010341727

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