The German controversy on the methods of moral statistics in the second half of the 19th century

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Julia Lücke, Universität Hamburg

Brief summary: The paper that is presented deals with the contributions to moral statistics of three representatives of German ethical-historical economics (Georg Friedrich Knapp, Adolph Wagner, Gustav Schmoller). It compares the arguments they provide with regard to the usefulness of statistical methods in the social sciences as well as the impact of the society on individuals’ actions. The paper reveals considerably different views of the three economists concerning both questions.

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One Response to "The German controversy on the methods of moral statistics in the second half of the 19th century"

  1. Mehmet Dinçaslan Posted on 06/19/2020 at 9:15 am

    Hello,
    First of all, I want to point out that your presentation and paper are prepared well-planned and consistent with your aims. I think it’s perfect! The contributions of Knapp, Wagner, and Schmoller are significant to comprehend the economic activities of individuals. These also can play an important role to increase “a posteriori” propositions in economics in order to reinforce positive economics. However, what do you think about “verstehen” method to understand the moral and metaphysical characteristics of individuals or society? I believe that it could be beneficial and fruitful to comprehend human behavior as a holistic approach. Thanks for your comparative analysis.
    Kind regards,
    Mehmet DİNÇASLAN

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