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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.
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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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    “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.
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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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    Sociologics of the Economy: The Social Logic, Composition and Structuration of Economic Behavior.Milan Zafirovski - 2004 - Social Science Information 43 (4):691-743.
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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.