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The merely fact-minded science

Author(s): Mgr. Roman Pazderník ,
Type: Articles in refereed journals
Year: 2006
Number:
ISSN / ISBN: 961-6554-12-3
Published in: Working paper, Inštitut za civilizacijo in kulturo
Publishing place: Ljubljana
Keywords: Life-world, worldview, European sciences, meaning of science, rationality
JEL codes: A11
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Grants: IES Research Framework Institutional task (2005-2011) Integration of the Czech economy into European union and its development
Abstract: The essay highlights the contrast between the nature of economic theory and the meaning economists attribute to it. According to the my experience, the attributed meaning deeply influences the way theories are understood. The continental philosophers has warned us for a long time against uncritical trust in the natural sciences without considering the limitations of their method. According to Husserl, the trust in physicists led to the mathematical reinterpretation of nature. The world percieved through the paradigms of specialized sciences Heidegger denoted the world of forgotten being. The crisis of the sciences Husserl ingeniously took notice of was a consequence of this trust fed by high ambitions of the scientists. The aim of the essay is to safe this philosphical legacy for those facing economics, whose methodological ideal physics is. Two questions arise when focusing on economics as a case of physics. First, which part of our life-world is endangered by the potential of economics to disinterpret? Second, could it be that ambitions of economists pave a way to the crisis of economics?

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