Metaphysics of Econophysics
Cracow University of Economics (CUOE), Rakowicka 27, Kraków 31-510, Poland
Leaving apart the general discussions about identity and validity of econophysics as a science, it is necessary to reflect upon a deeper sense of research in that area. In particular a rank of hidden assumptions made in econophysical discussions can be taken into account. I call them purposively “metaphysics of econophysics”. Two of them will be given more attention in the paper. Bearing in mind several simplifying assumptions applied in econophysics the study aims at investigating in depth the following characteristics of econophysics/sociophysics:
The above aims are associated with the following hypotheses, which can be also treated as conjectures:
In the case of network models applied to social phenomena, the methods of identification of networks will be scrutinized. Basically, two methods of networks identification/creation exist. In the first one, the network is identified on the basis of real interactions, not only physical but also symbolic, e.g. semantic networks. In the second approach, a network is created by an observer identifying ties between actors sharing the same interests, reading the same texts, etc. In both types of networks the challenges of measurement, operationalization, objectivity, subjectivity and intersubjectivity always occur.
Presentation: Oral at Econophysics Colloquium 2017, Symposium C, by Czesław Mesjasz
See On-line Journal of Econophysics Colloquium 2017
Submitted: 2017-03-21 11:12 Revised: 2017-05-12 14:59