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2005 - Volume 46 > Numéro 4

ISSN 0035-2969

Sociology, economics, and psychophysics : a reading of Weber’s « Marginal utility theory and “the fundamental law of psychophysics” »
Wolf FEUERHAHN

pp. 783-797

 

A hasty reading of « Marginal utility theory and “the fundamental law of psychophysics” » (1908) might suggest that Weber was criticizing the idea that psychophysics could make any contribution whatsoever to sociological studies and that he favored instead a version of anthropology based on the marginalist homo oeconomicus model. In fact, though Weber rejected the idea that psychophysics could be a foundational science, he did outline a possible role for it, alongside marginalist economics, in explaining the complex causality of human action.

 

 

 
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