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  1. The Rational Choice Generalization of Neoclassical Economics Reconsidered: Any Theoretical Legitimation for Economic Imperialism?Milan Zafirovski - 2000 - Sociological Theory 18 (3):448-471.
    The article reconsiders the generalization of neoclassical economics by modern rational choice theory. Hence, it reexamines the possible theoretical grounds or lack thereof within neoclassical economics for economic imperialism implied in much of rational choice theory. Some indicative instances of rational choice theory's generalization of neoclassical economics are reviewed. The main portion of the article addresses the question as to whether neoclassical economics allows its generalization in rational choice theory and thus legitimizes economic imperialism. Presented are a number of pertinent (...)
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    Rational Choice Theory at the Origin? Forms and Social Factors of “Irrational Choice”.Milan Zafirovski - 2016 - Social Epistemology 30 (5-6):728-763.
    The paper addresses the ‘rational choice only’ reconstruction, characterization, and interpretation of classical and neoclassical economics. It argues that such a reconstruction is inaccurate failing to do justice to the dual theoretical character of classical/neoclassical economics. The paper instead proposes and shows that the latter involves not only elements of ‘rational choice theory’ but also those of an alternative conception. It identifies various and important ideas, observations, and implications of irrational choice and action within classical/neoclassical economics. One class of such (...)
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    Contemporary Conservatism and Medievalism.Milan Zafirovski - 2011 - Social Science Information 50 (2):223-250.
    This article explores the historical and sociological relations between contemporary conservatism and medievalism. It first registers the reemergence and increasing prominence of conservatism in contemporary society, most notably in America during the late 20th and the early 21st centuries. It then places conservatism and medievalism and their relationship within a historical-comparative framework. The article concludes that modern conservatism originates in and continues, with some adaptations or innovations, medievalism seen as the ‘golden past’, becoming the original and persisting conservative ideal and (...)
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    The Rational Choice Approach to Human Studies: A Reexamination. [REVIEW]Milan Zafirovski - 2003 - Human Studies 26 (1):41-66.
    This article reexamines the rational choice or economic approach to human studies. Its adherents claim that its extension beyond its original domain to all human behavior can finally lead to integration of the human studies, especially social theory, and thus their elevation from what they see as a chaotic state. Specifically, they propose grounding human studies on the premise that humans are rational egoists or self-interested utility maximizers. Although this premise has been the conceptual foundation of orthodox economic theory, it (...)
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    Protestantism and Authoritarianism: Weber's Secondary Problem.Milan Zafirovski - 2010 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 40 (2):162-189.
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    A Neglected Gap in the Weber Thesis? The Long Economic Lag of Capitalism From Protestantism.Milan Zafirovski - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (1):3-56.
    This article identifies and explains a certain previously undetected or downplayed analytical problem in Max Weber’s thesis arising from a causal link between Protestantism, above all Calvinism, and the emergence and expansion of modern capitalism as an economic ‘spirit’ and system. There is a manifest time gap or historical distance between original Calvinism and modern capitalism spanning several centuries. More specifically, there is an ‘economic lag’ of modern capitalism, defined by the Weber thesis as emerging and expanding mostly during the (...)
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    Collective‐Unconscious Apologetics of Plutocracy and Oligarchy: Chicago Economics' Ideological Preferences Revealed by the Sociology of Knowledge.Milan Zafirovski - 2019 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 49 (4):499-518.
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    Convergent Origins, Divergent Destinations: Sociology's Contributions and Connections to Economics in a Historical and Interdisciplinary Framework.Milan Zafirovski - 2007 - Social Science Information 46 (2):305-354.
    English This article explores selected significant instances of sociology's contributions and connections to economics. These contributions are framed and analyzed within a historical and interdisciplinary setting of the originally common or convergent roots and early co-developments, and yet the subsequently divergent trajectories and destinations of sociology and economics. These contributions are divided into two general categories: theoretical-substantive and methodological-epistemological. Sociological analyses of market phenomena, societal development and institutions are adduced as examples of sociology's theoretical contribution to economics. Ideal-types, Verstehen, and (...)
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    Calvinist Predestination and the Spirit of Capitalism: The Religious Argument of the Weber Thesis Reexamined.Milan Zafirovski - 2018 - Human Studies 41 (4):565-602.
    The paper reconsiders the Weber Thesis of a linkage between Calvinism and capitalism. It first restates this sociological Thesis in terms of the Calvinist doctrine of predestination as its theological core and premise in virtue of being treated as the crucial religious factor of the spirit of modern capitalism. Consequently, it proposes that the Weber Thesis’ validity and consistency depends on that doctrine, succeeding or failing as a sociological theory with the latter depending on whether or not it is unique (...)
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    “Libertarianism” and the Social Ideal of Liberty: Neo‐Conservatism’s “Libertarian” Claims Reconsidered.Milan Zafirovski - 2011 - Social Epistemology 25 (2):183 - 209.
    This article reconsiders contemporary conservatism?s ?libertarian? claim to economic and political liberty and related claims. It re?examines the relation of conservatism and its supposed ?libertarianism? to the principle or ideal of liberty in society and economy, respectively. The paper argues and demonstrates that since its inception out of medieval traditionalism, conservatism has continued to consistently oppose the ideal and practice of liberty defining liberalism, and to that extent modern liberal?democratic society as a reality or project premised on that ideal. The (...)
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    Capitalism and the “Spirit” of Protestantism—The Max Weber Reverse Thesis of Economic Conditions of Calvinism.Milan Zafirovski - 2016 - Social Epistemology 30 (1):89-129.
    The article analyzes the economic determinants of the rise and initial growth of Protestantism, specifically Calvinism, described as the Weber reverse problem in light of his thesis of Calvinist outcomes for economy. These determinants of Calvinism are differentiated from its assumed economic outcomes, specifically the emergence and development of modern capitalism in Weberian sociological accounts. It is argued and showed that the economic determinants of Calvinism’s emergence and early evolution are primarily pre-capitalist in character rather than capitalist in the modern (...)
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    Sociological Dimensions in Classical/Neoclassical Economics: Conceptions of Social Economics and Economic Sociology.Milan Zafirovski - 2014 - Social Science Information 53 (1):76-118.
    This article posits that traditional economics contains relevant sociological dimensions and that these consist primarily of conceptions and elements of social economics or economic sociology. On this premise, it explores these sociological dimensions in the form of conceptions and elements of social economics and/or economic sociology in classical political economy and neoclassical economics. The article identifies explicit conceptions of social economics such as the proposal for social economy and the idea of economic sociology as well as its implicit versions, including (...)
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    Sociologics of the Economy: The Social Logic, Composition and Structuration of Economic Behavior.Milan Zafirovski - 2004 - Social Science Information 43 (4):691-743.
    The article outlines a modified sociological principle for analyzing the economy. This principle conceptualizes economic behavior as a particular form of social action, and the economy as a constituent of society. For convenience the principle is termed “sociologics” in order to convey and stress the inherently social nature, structure and dynamics of the economy. After defining sociologics, the main part of the article identifies the sociological reasons for the presence and salience of social variables in economic behavior. Such sociological reasons (...)
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    The Economic Approach to Human Behaviour Under Scrutiny: An Overview of Arguments for the Autonomy of Social Action.Milan Z. Zafirovski - 2001 - Social Science Information 40 (2):195-240.
    The article reviews and re-examines some arguments against the treatment of social action within the economic approach as an extension of economic behaviour/rationality and thus against its denial of the specific, irreducible nature of the extra-economic. A major argument is that social action is a sui generis phenomenon that cannot be reduced with theoretical impunity to its economic modalities. Social action is characterized by substantial autonomy relative to economic behaviour/rationality. Arguments about the autonomous character of social action seek to remedy (...)
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    The 'Unbearable Lightness' of the Economic Approach to Economic Behavior in the Social Setting: Rational Action and the Sociology of the Economy.Milan Zafirovski - 1999 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 29 (3):301–334.
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    What is Rationality? Selected Conceptions From Social Theory.Milan Zafirovski - 2003 - Social Epistemology 17 (1):13 – 44.
    The paper surveys selected alternative conceptions of rationality in contemporary and (especially) traditional economics and sociology. While the status of rationality as one of the master concepts, subjects and objectives of social science and philosophy has been further promoted in contemporary economics and sociology, questions often arise among economists and sociologists themselves as to its meaning or definition. As an attempt to help address this issue, the paper selects and examines a (limited) number of pertinent definitions and conceptions of rationality (...)
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    Weber's Sociological Elements in Mises' Economics of Human Action.Milan Zafirovski - 2010 - Social Epistemology 24 (2):75-98.
    This essay analyzes the relations between Austrian Praxeology and sociology. It argues that Praxeology is not only a codification and ramification of pure market economics but also to some degree the Austrian school's variant or proxy of sociology. This argument particularly applies to Mises' Praxeology as the general theory of human action, with Weber's sociology understood as the science of social action, taken as Mises' acknowledged sociological source, inspiration or anticipation. The essay develops and substantiates the argument by identifying certain (...)
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