Keywords in the Integration of the Humanities and the Social Sciences

By L. A. Duhs.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Amongst the social sciences economics in particular lays claim to a rigorous scientific paradigm. Economists nonetheless disagree in relation to contentious policy issues. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the way in which implicit philosophical positions are incorporated into contending schools of economic thought by the particular definitions given to a select few keywords (such as freedom, rationality, equality, justice, man and teleology).
The case argued in this paper is that economics cannot be well taught without appreciation of both the history of economic thought and the history of political philosophy i.e. without better integration of the humanities and the social sciences.

Keywords: Implicit a Prioris, Economic Philosophy, Freedom, Ethics and Economics

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.248MB).

L. A. Duhs

Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Alan Duhs teaches development economics, microeconomics for managers and economic philosophy. He researches in areas of development economics, social economics and reforms to the tertiary education sector. He has published in the Journal of Economic Issues, Economic Record, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Indian Development Review, Review of Social Economics, International Journal of Social Economics, Australian Psychologist, and Australian Journal of Education. He has acted as a consultant to various government departments and until recently was co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Economics Education.

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