Saturday, September 18, 2010

Poe on the Limits of the Sciences

Ira Katz "eloquent libertarian and Austrian economic insights are to be found in" his writings — Edgar Allan Poe and the Purloined Social Science. A character offers "the example of morals which is a branch of praxeology as is economics" and "thus recognizes that branches of science, the so-called social sciences, which study human actions, are not susceptible to mathematical calculation."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... recognizes that branches of science, the so-called social sciences, which study human actions, are not susceptible to mathematical calculation."

1) Um yes they are. See here e.g.:

http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521674102

2) How is a science that fails to make sharp, daring predictions a science? I don't think you could define science.

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Phrenology for the 21st Century. The human mind is beyond the complexity horizon, so is life itself.

4:53 AM  
OpenID danightman said...

I read the article, and wondered if our nameless friend hasn't proven the point exactly.

What, given a purloined letter, would be his principle of action?

S. Cornett

7:06 AM  

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