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  1. Ulrich Witt (2013). Competition as an Ambiguous Discovery Procedure: A Reappraisal of F. A. Hayek's Epistemic Market Liberalism. Economics and Philosophy 29 (1):121-138.
    Epistemic arguments play a significant role in the foundations of market liberalism as exemplified, in particular, by the work of F. A. Hayek. Competition in free markets is claimed to be the most effective device both to utilize the knowledge dispersed throughout society as well as create new knowledge through innovation competition. The fast pace with which new economic opportunities are discovered and costs are reduced is considered proof of the benefits of free markets to the common good. However, with (...)
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  2. Ulrich Witt (2011). Economic Behavior—Evolutionary Versus Behavioral Perspectives. Biological Theory 6 (4):388-398.
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  3. Ulrich Witt (2009). Novelty and the Bounds of Unknowledge in Economics. Journal of Economic Methodology 16 (4):361-375.
    Economic development and growth are driven by the emergence of new technologies, new products and services, new institutions, new policies, and so on. Important though it is, the emergence of novelty is not well understood. Epistemological and methodological problems make it a difficult research topic. They imply a ?bound of unknowledge? (Shackle) for economic theorizing wherever novelty occurs in economic life. To make progress, this paper takes stock of the problems. The methodological consequences for causal explanations and the modelling of (...)
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  4. Ulrich Witt (2004). On the Proper Interpretation of 'Evolution' in Economics and its Implications for Production Theory. Journal of Economic Methodology 11 (2):125-146.
    How relevant is the notion of evolution for economics? In view of the paradigmatic influence of Darwinian thought, several recently advocated interpretations are discussed first which rely on Darwinian concepts. As an alternative, a notion of evolution is suggested that is based on a few, abstract, common principles which all domain?specific evolutionary processes share, including those in the economy. A different, ontological question is whether and, if so, how the various domain?specific evolutionary processes are connected. As an answer, an evolutionary (...)
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  5. Ulrich Witt (2003). Generic Features of Evolution and its Continuity: A Transdisciplinary Perspective. Theoria 18 (3):273-288.
    Because of the intellectual attraction of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution, its conccpts are often borrowed to conceptualized evolutionary change also in non-biological domains. However, a heuristic strategy like that is problematic. An attempt is therefore made to identify generic features of evolution which transcend domain-specific characteristics. Epistemological, conccptual, and methodological implications are discussed, and the ontological question is raised how non-biological evolutionary theories can be accommodated within the Darwinian world view of modern sciences.
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  6. Jack Birner, Peter Boettke, Karen Vaughn & Ulrich Witt (1998). INEM Sessions at the New York ASSA Meetings 3-5 January 1999. Journal of Economic Methodology 5 (2):332.
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  7. Ulrich Witt (1989). Wissen, Präferenzen und Kommunikation–eine ökonomische Theorie. Analyse Und Kritik 11:94-109.
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