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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Second Thoughts on Laibman's Deep History and the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium with Regard to Intellectual Evolution


Altug Yalcintas


Ankara University

December 1, 2012

Journal of Philosophical Economics, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012

Abstract:     
In this article I reconsider Laibman’s Deep History (2007) in the light of Niles Eldredge and Stephan Jay Gould’s theory of punctuated equilibrium. I argue that the theory of punctuated equilibrium explains why conceptions of inevitability and directionality in intellectual evolution may not be as useful as Laibman thinks they are in the context of social evolution and why stasis (that is, intellectual path dependence) in intellectual evolution does not allow different pathways of thought to converge.

Keywords: theory of punctuated equilibrium, continual progress, perfection, intellectual path dependence

JEL Classification: B24, B25, B41

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Date posted: October 29, 2012  

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Yalcintas, Altug, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Second Thoughts on Laibman's Deep History and the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium with Regard to Intellectual Evolution (December 1, 2012). Journal of Philosophical Economics, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2167820

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Altug Yalcintas (Contact Author)
Ankara University ( email )
TR-06590 Cebeci
Ankara
Turkey
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