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Title: Adam Smith's Methodology and the Legacy of Newtonianism in 18th Century Scotland
Authors: NAGAO, Shinichi
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2002
Publisher: 名古屋大学経済学会
Citation: 経済科学. v.50, n.2, 2002, p.57-74
Abstract: This paper will examine the methodology of Adam Smith and compare it with that of Newtonians. The methodological tool of establishing the central category of Smithian economics was not "experimental method" as Scottish Newtonians acclaimed as the true method of sciences, but a way of deductive reasoning. In this respect, Smith was not a Newtonian at all. But it is also true that Smithian political economy has developed in the context of Scottish scientific culture, especially of Newtonianism. Therefore, though not exactly a product of Newtonian methodology of the time, it is not an exaggeration to say that Smithian system of social sciences was a by-product of the developments of the 18th century sciences.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2237/10696
ISSN: 0022-9725
selfDOI: 10.18999/ecos.50.2.57
Appears in Collections:経済科学 (The Economic Science)

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