Ontological commitments of ethics and economics

Harrison, Karey (2013) Ontological commitments of ethics and economics. Economic Thought, 2 (1). pp. 1-19.

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This paper analyses the cognitive image schemas structuring the ontological commitments of dominant conceptions of ethics and economics to show that the content of economics is implicated in conceptions of ethics, and that these conceptions cannot be separated from questions of research and professional ethics. This analysis of the metaphoric structuring of the ontological commitments of ethics and economics is based on an extension of Kuhn's construct sense of 'paradigm' as concrete analogy; and on techniques of metaphoric analysis developed in cognitive linguistics. Analysis of the iconic and schematic representations of the concrete analogies and idealised cognitive models structuring economic and ethical theories expose both shared and conflicting ontological commitments.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Open access journal.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2013 22:55
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: economic theory; ethical theory; ontology; metaphor; cognitive linguistics; paradigm
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24185

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