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dc.contributor.authorRoscoe, Philip John
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-25T08:01:01Z
dc.date.available2014-06-25T08:01:01Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationRoscoe , P J 2014 , Dr Pangloss and the best of all possible markets : evolutionary fantasies and justifications in contemporary economic discourse . in Myth and the Market . University College Dublin Business School , Dublin , pp. 96-111 , Myth and the Market , Carlingford, Ireland , United Kingdom , 19/06/14 .en
dc.identifier.citationconferenceen
dc.identifier.isbn9781905254859
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 129426868
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 99614612-6198-43d0-998d-a42b890b03c6
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-5974-945X/work/57568160
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/4908
dc.description.abstractThe paper examines evolutionary myth-making in the economic discourse of contemporary neo-liberalism. It traces the translation of evolutionary concepts from the early twentieth century Darwinist synthesis to recent economic popularising, offering a close reading of Harford’s ‘Adapt’ (2011). Important points of passage in the development of ideas include the work of Dawkins, who moves from gene to ‘meme’ and Dennett, who insists on evolution as an algorithmic process. The paper argues that evolutionary myth-making carries a normative element, taking into economic discourse an ‘adaptionist’ position criticised in biology as Panglossian. It concludes with the suggestion that adaptionist arguments, if followed through, offer a powerful critique of neo-liberal ideals.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherUniversity College Dublin Business School
dc.relation.ispartofMyth and the Marketen
dc.subjectHB Economic Theoryen
dc.subject.lccHBen
dc.titleDr Pangloss and the best of all possible markets : evolutionary fantasies and justifications in contemporary economic discourseen
dc.typeConference itemen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Managementen


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