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Economics, Philosophy and Physics - Ching-Yao Hsieh

Economics, Philosophy and Physics

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1992
ISBN: 9780873327596
Number Of Pages: 208

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This book traces the relationship between ideas and methodological perspectives in economics to the fields of philosophy and the physical sciences. It is aimed at students of economics who want to learn about the philosophical underpinnings and scientific foundations of contemporary economic theory. The authors show how advances in scientific knowledge have had an impact on philosophy that in turn influenced the development of economic thought.

List of Figures
The Classical Greek World View
The World View of Saint Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas's Philosophy
The Scholastic Approach to Science
St. Thomas's Economics
The Disintegration of the Medieval World View
Newtonian Physics, Philosophy, and Economicsp. 3
Newton's Grand Synthesisp. 6
Newton's Influence on the Enlightenmentp. 10
The Newtonian Heritage of Contemporary Economicsp. 14
Reductionismp. 14
Linearityp. 17
Deterministic Prediction and Newtonian Absolute Timep. 27
The Romantic Protest against the Newtonian Mechanistic World Viewp. 41
Romanticism and Philosophyp. 42
Romanticism and Sciencep. 44
Romanticism and Economicsp. 47
Thermodynamics and the Newtonian World Viewp. 55
The Second Law of Thermodynamicsp. 55
Thermodynamics and Economicsp. 58
Thermodynamics and Philosophyp. 60
Relativity, Philosophy, and Economicsp. 67
Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity (1905)p. 70
The General Theory of Relativity (1915)p. 76
Philosophical Consequences of Relativity Theoryp. 77
Relativity and Economicsp. 80
Quantum Mechanics, Philosophy, and Economicsp. 85
Main Features of Quantum Mechanicsp. 87
The Inherent Wholeness of Atomic Processp. 88
The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanicsp. 92
The Post-Copenhagen-Interpretation Synthesisp. 96
Quantum Mechanics and Economicsp. 103
Quantum Mechanics and Philosophyp. 104
Chaos Theory, Philosophy, and Economicsp. 113
From Laplacian Determinism to Fundamental Uncertaintyp. 114
Fractals, and Fractals and Chaosp. 119
Chaos and Philosophyp. 124
Chaos and Economicsp. 129
The Revolutions in Physics and the Future of Economicsp. 133
Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 162
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ISBN: 9780873327596
ISBN-10: 0873327594
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 31st March 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45