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Economics professor collects archival works

By Kimberly Poff
Staff Writer 

Social Science. The very way in which we refer to studies attempting to dissect the modes of human experience carries with it a values judgement: that empiricism is better, that social studies should be held to the same standards of numerical certainty as their natural science brethren.

No discipline has suffered from physics envy quite so intensely as economics. As such the prevailing modus operandi of the entire field has been utility maximization. This is a method of distilling the functioning of persons within the economy to “homo economus,” the wholly rational, wholly informed, wholly self-serving person.

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