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Wagner, R (2019). Economic Theory and the Social Question: Some Dialectics Regarding the Work-Dependency Relationship. Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, 139(2-4), 407-420. https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.139.2-4.407
Wagner, Richard E. (2019). "Economic Theory and the Social Question: Some Dialectics Regarding the Work-Dependency Relationship" Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, vol. 139no. 2-4, 2019 pp. 407-420. https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.139.2-4.407
Wagner, R (2019). Economic Theory and the Social Question: Some Dialectics Regarding the Work-Dependency Relationship. Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 139 (Issue 2-4), pp 407-420. https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.139.2-4.407

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Economic Theory and the Social Question: Some Dialectics Regarding the Work-Dependency Relationship

Wagner, Richard E.

Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 139 (2019), Iss. 2-4 : pp. 407–420

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Wagner, Richard E., Department of Economics and F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, George Mason University, Buchanan Hall D 101, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA.

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Abstract

This article uses the 19th century concern with “the social question” to explore how theories shape our insights into our subjects of interest. Contemporary theory mostly construes economics as a science of rational action, which reduces the social question to a matter of material inequality. In contrast, this article treats economics as a form of social theory, with the social question revolving around the material and the moral qualities of societies. While redistribution may be a component of efforts to address the social question, primary focus rests on the institutional arrangements through which human capacities are formed and moral orientations generated.