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Title:Neuroeconomics, naturalism and language PDF Logo
Authors:Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper series // Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 108
Abstract:Neuroeconomics stays in the center of the ongoing naturalistic turn in economics. It portrays the individual as a complex system of decision making mechanisms and modules. This results into a conceptual tension with the standard economic notion of the unity of the actor that is a systemic property of economic coordination. I propose to supplement neuroeconomics with a naturalistic theory of social coordination. Recent neurobiological and psychological research strongly supports claims made by some heterodox economists that the identity of actors emerges from social interaction, especially in the context of the use of language. Therefore, I argue that the completion of the neuroeconomic paradigm requires a naturalistic theory of language. I provide some sketches based on teleosemantics and memetics, and exemplify the argument by a naturalist account of money.
Subjects:Naturalism
neuroeconomics
individual identity
language and economics
naturalistic theory of social interaction
JEL:A12
B41
D87
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008121084
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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