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Viktor J. VANBERG Austrian Economics, Evolutionary Psychology and Methodological Dualism: Subjectivism Reconsidered

Viktor J. VANBERG Austrian Economics, Evolutionary Psychology and Methodological Dualism: Subjectivism Reconsidered

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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
und
Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg
Freiburger Diskussionspapiere zur Ordnungsökonomik
Freiburg Discussionpapers on Constitutional Economics
04/3
ISSN 1437-1510
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
und
Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg
Freiburger Diskussionspapiere zur Ordnungsökonomik
Freiburg Discussionpapers on Constitutional Economics
04/3
ISSN 1437-1510

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Walter Eucken
 
Institut
ORDO
Constitutio in Libertate
Freiburger
Diskussionspapiere
 zur OrdnungsökonomikFreiburg
Discussion Papers
 on Constitutional Economics
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Austrian Economics,Evolutionary Psychologyand Methodological Dualism:Subjectivism Reconsidered
Viktor J. Vanberg
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Abteilung für Wirtschaftspolitik
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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgundWalter Eucken Institut, Freiburgviktor.vanberg@vwl.uni-freiburg.de
Freiburger Diskussionspapiere zur OrdnungsökonomikFreiburg Discussionpapers on Constitutional Economics04/3
ISSN 1437-1510Walter Eucken Institut, Goethestr. 10, D-79100 Freiburg i. Br.Tel.Nr.: +49 +761 / 79097 0; Fax.Nr.: +49 +761 / 79097 97http://www.walter-eucken-institut.deInstitut für Allgemeine Wirtschaftsforschung; Abteilung für Wirtschaftspolitik;Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, D-79085 Freiburg i. Br.Tel.Nr.: +49 +761 / 203 2317; Fax.Nr.: +49 +761 / 203 2322http://www.vwl.uni-freiburg.de/fakultaet/wipo/ 
Austrian Economics,Evolutionary Psychologyand Methodological Dualism:Subjectivism Reconsidered
Viktor J. Vanberg04/3
 
Austrian Economics, Evolutionary Psychology andMethodological Dualism: Subjectivism Reconsidered
byViktor J. Vanberg
 
University of FreiburgPlatz der Alten Synagoge79085 Freiburg, GermanyandWalter Eucken InstitutGoethestr. 1079100 Freiburg, Germany
 
Abstract
: The methodological individualism and subjectivism of the Austrian tradition ineconomics is often associated with a methodological dualism, i.e. the claim that the nature of its subject matter, namely purposeful and intentional human action, requires economics toadopt a methodology that is fundamentally different from the causal explanatory approach of the natural sciences. This paper critically examines this claim and advocates an alternative,explicitly naturalistic and empiricist outlook at human action, exemplified, in particular, bythe research program of evolutionary psychology. It is argued that, within the Austriantradition, a decidedly
naturalistic
approach to subjectivism can be found in F.A. Hayek’swork.
Keywords
: Austrian economics, evolutionary psychology, methodological dualism,subjectivism
JEL-classification
: A 12, B 41
An anonymous referee’s helpful comments are gratefully acknowledged.

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