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Explaining Technical Change : A Case Study in the Philosophy of Science - Jon Elster

Explaining Technical Change

A Case Study in the Philosophy of Science

Paperback Published: 8th August 1983
ISBN: 9780521270724
Number Of Pages: 276

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Technical change, defined as the manufacture and modification of tools, is generally thought to have played an important role in the evolution of intelligent life on earth, comparable to that of language. In this volume, first published in 1983, Jon Elster approaches the study of technical change from an epistemological perspective. He first sets out the main methods of scientific explanation and then applies those methods to some of the central theories of technical change. In particular, Elster considers neoclassical, evolutionary, and Marxist theories, whilst also devoting a chapter to Joseph Schumpeter's influential theory.

General introduction
Modes of Scientific Explanation
Causal explanation
Functional explanation
Intentional explanation
Theories of Technical Change
Neoclassical theories
Schumpeter's theory
Evolutionary theories
Marxist theories
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ISBN: 9780521270724
ISBN-10: 0521270723
Series: Cambridge Monographs and Texts in Applied Psycholinguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 8th August 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.35