The Economic Discourse and the Conditions for Its Possibility
Hugo E. A. da Gama Cerqueira
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Cedeplar
CEDEPLAR Working Paper No. 143
This paper investigates the emergence in the Modernity of an economic discourse intended to be autonomous from moral and political philosophy. The article demonstrates that the existence of economics as separated field of knowledge is recent and its creation related to the appearance of market economies, which might be regarded as an "objective condition for the possibility" of the economic discourse. The argument seeks to uncover the theoretical and practical assumptions of this particular branch of the social sciences in order to submit its "validity claims" to a critical scrutiny.
Note: Paper available in Portuguese only.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Ethics and economics, economic thought, economic discourse, political economy, Karl Polanyi
JEL Classification: B00, B11, B40
Date posted: April 11, 2001