Convention and Intersubjectivity: New Developments in French Economics
Title: Convention and Intersubjectivity: New Developments in French Economics
Author: LATSIS, John
Citation: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 2006, 36, 3, 255-277.
The recently formed French School of the "économie des conventions" have claimed that they are developing a revolutionary new approach to the social sciences. This group of researchers in economics, philosophy, sociology, law and history attempt to transcend the inherited analytical frameworks of structural-functionalist sociology and neoclassical economics and provide an alternative picture of the social world. This article will investigate some of these claims in detail. First, I trace the cohesion of the Convention School's ideas around the key concept of convention. Conventionalist theory reflects an ontological shift towards the recognition of intersubjectivity. This shift leads to tension between the advocacy of methodological individualism on the one hand and the use of convention as a central analytical category on the other.
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