Essays in structural heuristics

Petracca, Enrico (2014) Essays in structural heuristics, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Science, cognition and technology, 26 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/6284.
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This dissertation introduces and develops a new method of rational reconstruction called structural heuristics. Structural heuristics takes assignment of structure to any given object of investigation as the starting point for its rational reconstruction. This means to look at any given object as a system of relations and of transformation laws for those relations. The operational content of this heuristics can be summarized as follows: when facing any given system the best way to approach it is to explicitly look for a possible structure of it. The utilization of structural heuristics allows structural awareness, which is considered a fundamental epistemic disposition, as well as a fundamental condition for the rational reconstruction of systems of knowledge. In this dissertation, structural heuristics is applied to reconstructing the domain of economic knowledge. This is done by exploring four distinct areas of economic research: (i) economic axiomatics; (ii) realism in economics; (iii) production theory; (iv) economic psychology. The application of structural heuristics to these fields of economic inquiry shows the flexibility and potential of structural heuristics as epistemic tool for theoretical exploration and reconstruction.

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Tesi di dottorato
Petracca, Enrico
Dottorato di ricerca
Scuola di dottorato
Scienze umanistiche
Settore disciplinare
Settore concorsuale
Parole chiave
structural heuristics; conceptual reconstruction; conceptual plurality; axiomatics in economics; structural realism in economics; history of econophysics; philosophy of economics; theories of production; atomism; structuralism; symmetry-breaking; cognitive reflection; dual-system theories; numerals; embodied mathematical cognition
Data di discussione
28 Maggio 2014

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