The Unit That Evolves: Linking Self-Reproduction and Self-Interest

  • Michael Hutter
Part of the Recent Economic Thought book series (RETH, volume 36)


It has again become fashionable among economic theorists to model economic development as an evolutionary process. The concept has been used successfully to explain the origin and the development of biological, including human, beings. Although social scientists know that the insights into biological development gained cannot be transferred naively to their subject of observation, the paradigm is too tempting to be left to the colleagues in the natural sciences.


Genetic Program Life Form Evolutionary Approach Spontaneous Order Social Person 
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  • Michael Hutter
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  1. 1.Lehretuhl fur Theorie der WirtschaftWirtschaftswissanschaftliche FakultätWitten-RudinghausenGermany

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