Is it “natural” to expect economics to become a part of the natural sciences?
Condensed Matter Physics Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 064, India
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Received: 10 May 2016
Revised: 15 September 2016
Published online: 22 December 2016
We are in the middle of a crucial debate whether Economics is really a natural science, which concerns the description and understanding of natural phenomena, based on observations and empirical evidence. In this article I discuss why it is hard to address this topic, by touching upon the cultural aspects of social and natural sciences, and highlighting their differences. As these differences lessen, Economics will be increasingly accepted as a part of natural science.
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