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dc.contributor.authorMarciano, Alainen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-05-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-14T11:16:20Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-14T11:16:20Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/31799-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this article is to analyse the way economists interested in social and economic evolution cite, mention or refer to Darwin. We focus on the attitude of economists towards Darwin’s theory of social evolution – an issue he considered as central to his theory. We show that economists refer to and mention Darwin as a biologist and neglect or ignore his theory of social and cultural evolution. Three types of reference are identified: first, economists view and quote Darwin as having borrowed concepts from classical political economists, Malthus and Smith. Darwin is then mentioned to emphasize the existence of economic theories of social evolution. Second, economists refer to and cite Darwin from the perspective of the use of biological concepts in social sciences. Darwin's biological theories are then equated with those of Spencer. From these two perspectives, Darwin's theory of social evolution is ignored and Darwin considered as a biologist exclusively. Third, economists acknowledge the existence of Darwin's general (biological and social) theory of evolution. Darwin is then considered and quoted as a biologist and a social evolutionist.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMax-Planck-Inst. für Ökonomik Jenaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPapers on economics and evolution 0521en_US
dc.subject.jelA11en_US
dc.subject.jelB52en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordDarwinen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial evolutionen_US
dc.subject.keywordevolutionary economicsen_US
dc.subject.keywordbioeconomicsen_US
dc.subject.stwBioökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwEvolutionsökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwDogmengeschichteen_US
dc.titleEconomists on Darwin's theory of social evolution and human behaviouren_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn511676824en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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