[OPE-L:2926] Re: Okishio and the poverty of mathematical economics

Gerald Lev (glevy@pratt.edu)
Fri, 30 Aug 1996 11:18:05 -0700 (PDT)

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Responding to Steve C's [OPE-L:2924]: Could you please explain the
relationship between your comments there and the following?:

"That the Okishio theorem is based on a methodological individualism and
the Cartesian totality is a straightforward extension of the linear price
of production model of the economy."

The characteristics of the "Cartesian theoretical program", the author of
the above goes on to write (citing Levins and Lewontin), include: "1.
*Ontological individualism* ... 2. *Pregiven rationality* ... 3.
*Homogeneity* ... 4. *Reductionist explanation* ... 5. *Totality as a
configuration of parts* ....".

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