Economics as Discourse: An Analysis of the Language of Economists
Kluwer Academic Publishers
This contribution to Economics as Discourse: An Analysis of the Language of Economists develops the theme that economics, long considered a science, is actually part of the cultural context by and through which we give meaning and purpose to our lives. Economics is culture, our culture in the sense that it represents an “effort to provide a coherent set of answers to the existentialist situations that confront all human beings in the passage of their lives” (Bell 1976, p. 12).
The analytical framework for this chapter is Clifford Geertz’s model of religion as a cultural system (1973, pp. 87-125). The analytical task is to delve into the meaning of economics. I juxtapose economics with religion knowing full well that few economists think of themselves as theologians. Doing so, however, illuminates the meanings of the concepts embodied in the symbols that make up economics proper, symbols such as the Marshallian Cross.1 We can then inquire into the relationship, or lack of relationship, between economics and what goes on in the world.
Benton, Raymond Jr.. A Hermeneutic Approach to Economics: If Economics is Not Science, And if it is Not Merely Mathematics, Then What Could it Be?. Economics as Discourse: An Analysis of the Language of Economists, , : 65-89, 1990. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, School of Business: Faculty Publications and Other Works,
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