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Agency and causal explanation in economics

Author: Peter Róna, (Professor); László Zsolnai
Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2020.
Series: Virtues and economics, 5
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do not encompass all of the dependent relationships encountered in social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Róna, (Professor); László Zsolnai
ISBN: 9783030261146 303026114X
OCLC Number: 1127390310
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 171 pages. 2 illustrations)
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Part I Theory --
Nadine Elzein: Free Will and Empirical Arguments for Epiphenomenalism --
Stephen Pratten: Causality, Agency and Change --
Jason Blakely: How Economics Becomes Ideology: The Uses and Abuses of Rational Choice Theory --
William Child: Economics, Agency, and Causal Explanation --
Part II Praxis --
Richard Conrad and Peter Hunter: Why Aquinas Would Agree That Human Economic Behaviour Is Largely Predictable --
Paul Clough: Agency, Time and Morality: An Argument from Social and Economic Anthropology --
Scott Meikle: The Switch from Agency to Causation in Marx --
Margaret S. Archer: Social Morphogenesis: Critical Realism?s Explanatory Approach --
Jonathan Price: Grotius?s Theological anthropology and modern contract doctrine.
Series Title: Virtues and economics, 5
Responsibility: Peter Róna, László Zsolnai, editors.

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