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  1. Robert Nadeau, Cahiers D'ÉPistÉMologie.
    "S'il devait un jour n'être plus possible pour les observateurs scientifiques de s'entendre au sujet des énoncés de base, cela équivaudrait à l'échec du langage comme moyen de communication universel. Cela équivaudrait à une nouvelle ‘‘Tour de Babel’’, la découverte scientifique s'en trouverait réduite à une absurdité. Dans cette nouvelle Babel le haut édifice de la science tomberait bientôt en ruines.".
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  2. Robert Nadeau, On Economic Planning.
    Hayek is, with Mises, one the prominent Austrian economists who took part in the historical “socialist calculation debate” of the 1930s. After recalling precisely what Mises’s crucial argument against socialism was (socialism means the abolition of market prices which are necessary for real rational economic decisions to be taken in production), this paper goes on to show what Hayek’s main argument was (state planning of the economy is impossible because no super-brain can have all the necessary knowledge to be economically (...)
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  3. Robert Nadeau, On Hayek's Confutation of Market Socialism.
    Like Mises before him, Hayek challenges the validity of socialism as a centrally planned economic regime typically characterized by state ownership of all means of production. What is typical of Hayek's challenge is that he holds that this question is fully theoretical in nature and that it has consequently to be raised and decided as a scientific question. Sketching the historical background of the socialist calculation debate of the 1920s and 1930s, I first show how this debate is linked with (...)
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  4. Robert Nadeau, Cultural Evolution True and False: A Debunking of Hayek's Critics.
    1.- Introduction: articulating Hayek’s evolutionary argument with his socialist calculation dispute I completely agree with Bruce Caldwell (Caldwell 1988b: 74-75; Caldwell 1988a) that it is precisely within the conceptual and theoretical framework of the debate on the possibility of socialist calculation that Hayek definitively breaks with the standard static equilibrium approach to the market economy and finds out that the central problem of economics is related to the complex question of social coordination. From the Hayekian standpoint, this problem cannot be (...)
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  5. Robert Nadeau, Economics and Intentionality.
    A good way of characterizing what is usually called the 17th-century “revolution of modern science” is to focus on Galileo Galilei’s theory of explanation. As is well known, he set aside three of the four Aristotelian causes (material, formal and final causes) in order to base all sound scientific explanations in terms of efficient causes. In the second half of the 19th century a new scientific revolution occurred, with Darwin’s theory of evolution. As it has been stated repeatedly, Darwinism also (...)
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  6. Robert Nadeau, Friedman's Methodological Stance and Popper's Situational Logic.
    It has already been argued by Frazer and Boland (1983) that, interpreted in an instrumentalist fashion, Milton Friedman’s well known and much criticized 1953 paper on “The Methodology of Positive Economics”1 proved to be convergent with Popper's falsificationist philosophy of science2. I think that this comparison is flawed. For one can assuredly contest this interpretation in view of the fact that Popper always opposed any kind of instrumentalist philosophy of science3. It is not even clear that what Friedman has to (...)
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  7. Robert Nadeau, Hayek's and Myrdal's Stance on Economic Planning.
    Hayek is, with Mises, one the prominent Austrian economists who took part in the historical “socialist calculation debate” of the 1930s. After recalling precisely what Mises’s crucial argument against socialism was (socialism means the abolition of market prices which are necessary for real rational economic decisions to be taken in production), this paper goes on to show what Hayek’s main argument was (state planning of the economy is impossible because no super-brain can have all the necessary knowledge to be economically (...)
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  8. Robert Nadeau, Hayek and the Complex Affair of the Mind.
    Of the many twentieth-century Austrian intellectuals who have left an indelible mark, Friedrich Hayek is without a doubt one of the most multidimensional, and for this reason also one of the most difficult to comprehend. Who was he, in fact? He presented himself as a fourth-generation economist trained in the famous “Austrian School” which Carl Menger had founded in 1871. Indeed, Hayek may well be its last representative, given his own opinion that after him the Austrian School had more or (...)
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  9. Robert Nadeau, Hayek and the Methodological Peculiarities of Social Sciences.
    Throughout his writings, Hayek has emphasized that a "scientistic prejudice" is working as a bad steering factor in the research for sound theories in the general field of social sciences, and especially in economics. Notwithstanding Hayek's criticism, most contemporary economists still think that they must imitate methods of physical and biological sciences in order to do good and valid science. While Hayek was first vehemently reproving this methodological choice in his early writings (for example, Hayek 1952), he was afterwards convinced (...)
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  10. Robert Nadeau, Has Hayek Refuted Market Socialism?
    What is typical of Hayek's challenge concerning socialism is that he always maintained that this question was for economic theory to decide. Sketching the historical background of what has come to be known as the "socialist calculation debate" (section 1), I try to link this debate with the Menger-Wieser Zurechnungsproblem and show that the Pareto-Barone approach has determined the theoretical form of this economic controversy. I then go on to explore Hayek's 'inapplicability' argument (section 2) and try to show how (...)
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  11. Robert Nadeau, Reassessing Hayek as Popularizer.
    The Road to Serfdom (Hayek 1944)2 is without a doubt the book that made Friedrich Hayek world famous. But one must immediately add that Hayek the trained economist was far from being satisfied with this situation, at least at the beginning. “I have long resented”, writes Hayek, “being more widely known by what I regarded as a pamphlet for the time than by my strictly scientific work.” But he adds immediately: “After reexamining what I wrote then in the light of (...)
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  12. Robert Nadeau, Spontaneous Order.
    The concept of spontaneous order is an important framework in many fields of research in the natural and social sciences today, and it bears heavily on methodological problems related to economics in particular. In fact, all domains of scientific and philosophical research where it can be maintained intelligibly that an undesigned but nevertheless effective order has emerged solely through the interaction of the constituent parts of a given system and also through the interaction of this system as a whole with (...)
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  13. Robert Nadeau (2012). Introduction. Dialogue 51 (3):485-486.
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  14. Robert Nadeau (2010). The Not so Worldly Philosophers: Why Mainstream Economics Can't Be Green. Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy 1 (1):T3 - T10.
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  15. Robert Nadeau (2007). Le conflit des libéralismes : Rougier versus Hayek. Philosophia Scientiae:135-159.
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  16. Robert Nadeau (2001). Economic rhetoric and the explanation of success. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 3:351-369.
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  17. Robert Nadeau (1999). The Non-Local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind. Oxford University Press.
    Classical physics states that physical reality is local--a point in space cannot influence another point beyond a relatively short distance. However, In 1997, experiments were conducted in which light particles (photons) originated under certain conditions and traveled in opposite directions to detectors located about seven miles apart. The amazing results indicated that the photons "interacted" or "communicated" with one another instantly or "in no time." Since a distance of seven miles is quite vast in quantum physics, this led physicists to (...)
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  18. Jean Mathiot & Robert Nadeau (1998). Présentation : Signification et portée des modèles d'évolution en économie et en sciences sociales. Philosophiques 25 (2):151-161.
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  19. Robert Nadeau (1998). L'évolutionnisme Économique de Friedrich Hayek. Philosophiques 25 (2):257-279.
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  20. Robert Nadeau & Jean Mathiot (1998). Les modèles d'évolution en économie et en sciences sociales. Philosophiques 25 (2).
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  21. Robert Nadeau (1997). Le problème mathématique de l'espace: à propos d'un ouvrage récent de Luciano Boi—présentation. Philosophiques 24 (2):345-347.
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  22. Robert Nadeau (1995). L'économique Comme Litérature. Hermès 16:85.
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  23. Robert Nadeau (1995). La philosophie de l'économique aujourd'hui. Dialogue 34 (03):435-.
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  24. Robert Nadeau (1994). La Philosophie des Sciences Après Kuhn. Philosophiques 21 (1):159-189.
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  25. Robert Nadeau (1993). A Bad Argument for Good Reasons. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 7 (1):69 – 73.
    1. In general we agree to recognize the existence, if not the methodological fertility or epistemological legitimacy, of a "rationalist model," at least when we refer to what economists do when they offer explanations.1 However two remarks must be made about this. First, it must be emphasized that this model is not unique, but generic: in fact, it is more a family of models of which the fundamental theoretical suppositions are susceptible to large variations. There are here, as it were, (...)
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  26. Robert Nadeau (1993). Confuting Popper on the Rationality Principle. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (4):446-467.
  27. Robert Nadeau (1993). Sur la pluralité des mondes. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 46 (185):203-212.
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  28. Robert Nadeau (1986). Contre le scientisme. Pour l'ouverture d'un nouveau front. Philosophiques 13 (2):353-368.
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  29. Robert Nadeau (1986). Hommage à Hugues Leblanc, philosophe logicien. Philosophiques 13 (1):131-145.
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  30. Robert Nadeau (1986). Jean Hamburger, La Raison Et la Passion. Réflexion Sur les Limites de la Connaissance Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 6 (4):151-154.
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  31. Robert Nadeau (1985). François Duchesneau, La physiologie des lumières. Empirisme, modèles et théories. Coll. Archives internationales d'histoire des idées, no. 95, La Haye, Boston et Londres, Martinus Nijhoff, 1982, xxi et 611 p. François Duchesneau, La physiologie des lumières. Empirisme, modèles et théories. Coll. Archives internationales d'histoire des idées, no. 95, La Haye, Boston et Londres, Martinus Nijhoff, 1982, xxi et 611 p. [REVIEW] Philosophiques 12 (1):217-221.
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  32. Robert Nadeau (1985). Jean-François Malherbe, Epistémologies Anglo-Saxonnes Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 5 (7):298-302.
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  33. Robert Nadeau (1985). Réplique à François Lepage et James Van Evra. Dialogue 24 (2):323-326.
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  34. Robert Nadeau (1985). Sur la voie constructiviste en épistémologie (A propos de Théorétiques d'Yvon Gauthier). Dialogue 24 (01):115-.
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  35. Robert Nadeau (1984). Guy H. Allard et Serge Lusignan, éditeurs, Les Arts mécaniques au moyen âge. Cahiers d'études médiévales, no VII. Montréal, Bellarmin, et Paris, J. Vrin, 1982, 170 p. + index des noms d'auteurs.Guy H. Allard et Serge Lusignan, éditeurs, Les Arts mécaniques au moyen âge. Cahiers d'études médiévales, no VII. Montréal, Bellarmin, et Paris, J. Vrin, 1982, 170 p. + index des noms d'auteurs. [REVIEW] Philosophiques 11 (1):206-209.
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  36. Robert Nadeau (1984). Mario Bunge, Epistémologie Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 4 (1):10-12.
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  37. Robert Nadeau (1984). Nature Talks Back: Pathways to Survival in the Nuclear Age. Orchises.
    INTRODUCTION Fear can be a crippling disease, and there is no more fearful prospect for most of us than nuclear war. Following recent popular accounts of ...
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  38. Robert Nadeau (1981). Pierre Jacob, L'empirisme logique, ses antécedents, ses critiques Reviewed by. Philosophy in Review 1 (1):23-25.
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  39. Robert Nadeau (1981). Pierre Jacob, réd., De Vienne à Cambridge, L'héritage du positivisme logique de 1950 à nos jours Reviewed by. Philosophy in Review 1 (1):19-21.
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  40. Robert Nadeau (1981). William Dray, Perspectives on History. London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, and Boston : Henley, 1980, 142 P.William Dray, Perspectives on History. London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, and Boston : Henley, 1980, 142 P. [REVIEW] Philosophiques 8 (2):363-365.
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  41. Robert Nadeau (1980). Problématique de la preuve en épistémologie contemporaine. Philosophiques 7 (2):217-246.
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  42. Robert Nadeau (1977). Liminaire. Philosophiques 4 (2):143-143.
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  43. Robert Nadeau (1977). 2. L'enseignement de la Morale Dans Une Perspective Relativiste. Philosophiques 4 (1):109-117.
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  44. Robert Nadeau (1977). Présentation. Philosophiques 4 (1):101-101.
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  45. Robert Nadeau (1977). Philosophie et psychologie. Philosophiques 4 (2).
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  46. Robert Nadeau (1976). La Philosophie Institutionnelle : Critique Et/Ou Idéologie? Présentation. Philosophiques 3 (1):93-93.
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  47. Robert Nadeau (1975). Autour de la loi 50 : Présentation. Philosophiques 2 (2):341-342.
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  48. Robert Nadeau (1973). Cassirer et Heidegger: histoire d'un affrontement. Dialogue 12 (04):660-669.
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  49. Robert Nadeau (1971). La Pensée de Herbert Marcuse. Par Pierre Masset. Paris, Privat Éditeur, 1969. 190 pages. [REVIEW] Dialogue 10 (03):639-641.
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  50. Robert Nadeau (1969). La Fin de l'utopie. Par Herbert Marcuse. Delachaux et Niestlé, Neuchâtel et Paris. Ed. du Seuil, Paris, 1968. 140 pages. [REVIEW] Dialogue 8 (02):353-356.
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