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DIVISION V Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences – Economic and Social History

The Division’s objectives are twofold: to provide the epistemological and methodological framework underpinning economics as a social science, and to offer the historical perspective necessary for understanding economic phenomena. With these objectives in mind, the Division offers courses that enable students to understand the historical evolution of the social sciences, as well as the philosophical framework behind individual economic theories. Moreover, through its members’ engagement in the history of economic thought, the Division helps trace the intellectual trajectories that have led economists to contemporary trends in economic theory. Last but not least, the Division offers a broad array of courses in economic history, which seek to link economic theory to empirical reality, and probe the limits of our understanding of economic phenomena, both past and present.

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