Hayek's "Scientism" essay: The social aspects of objectivity and the mind

dc.contributor.authorLourenço, Diogo
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-22T09:32:03Z
dc.date.available2021-04-22T09:32:03Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.description.abstractIn his essay “Scientism and the study of society” Hayek argues that attitudes are central to the moral sciences. Since the natural sciences show that “ordinary experience” often does not reproduce the relations between things in the external world, the understanding of attitudes is possible due to the similarity between the mind of the moral scientist and that of the agent. I argue that Hayek’s arguments for the differentiation between the natural sciences and what he calls “ordinary experience” are problematic. I offer an alternative justification by appealing to the manifold goals and social contexts of inquiry. I also elucidate his claim that minds are similar, and how this relates to our understanding of others – both as ordinary agents and as economists. In so doing, I discuss two alternative accounts found in Hayek’s work: the first account suggests that understanding is a projection of mental categories from behavioral evidence; the second account—which is found in The sensory order—suggests that understanding is the result of a functional correspondence between structures in the central nervous system.pt_PT
dc.identifier.citationLourenço, D. (2016). Hayek’s “Scientism” essay: The social aspects of objectivity and the mind. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 9(2), 123-144. Doi: 10.23941/ejpe.v9i2.232. Disponível no Repositório UPT,pt_PT
dc.identifier.doi10.23941/ejpe.v9i2.232pt_PT
dc.identifier.issn1876-9098
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11328/3456
dc.language.isoengpt_PT
dc.peerreviewedyespt_PT
dc.relation.publisherversionhttp://ejpe.org/pdf/9-2-art-8.pdfpt_PT
dc.rightsrestricted accesspt_PT
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/pt_PT
dc.subjectHayekpt_PT
dc.subjectScientismpt_PT
dc.subjectSensory orderpt_PT
dc.subjectPropositional attitudespt_PT
dc.subjectSubjectivismpt_PT
dc.subjectIntersubjectivismpt_PT
dc.titleHayek's "Scientism" essay: The social aspects of objectivity and the mindpt_PT
dc.typejournal articlept_PT
degois.publication.firstPage123pt_PT
degois.publication.issue2pt_PT
degois.publication.lastPage144pt_PT
degois.publication.titleErasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economicspt_PT
degois.publication.volume9pt_PT
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