23 July 2010

Classsic Evolutionism in Social Sciences

The evolutionary account in Social Sciences is inspired by the Scottish tradition – David Hume, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson -, which is continued in the XX Century by Friedrich A. von Hayek. We will call this tradition “Classic Evolutionism” (CE) and claim the promising conceptual connections between CE and some newer evolutionary accounts of social phenomena -such as Evolutionary Game Theory (EGT), Evolutionary Psychology or Co-Evolutionary theories of social change.

The intersection of theories might provide more precision to the explanation of the emergence of social, moral and legal rules and of the evolution of social orders. We consider that the new theories might be able to provide a more accurate and complete view of the specific mechanisms of the emergence, replication, stability and change of regularities and rules than ones provided by Classic Evolutionism.

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