|1 History (philosophy of history).|
|2 The ultimate nature of nature and human nature (metaphysics).|
|3 Rules concerning the validation of ideas, that is, the (un)certainty of our knowledge (epistemology).|
|4 The ethical principles guiding or emanating from our studies (moral philosophy).|
|5 The "beauty" of the order or form which guides the construction and communication of our discourse (aesthetics).|
Succeeding sections will consider, in turn, each of these topics.
Joseph A. Schumpeter, in his monumental work on the history of economic ideas (Schumpeter 1954) designates economic history (together with economic theory, economic statistics, and economic sociology) as one of the four components of economic analysis. Indeed he goes so far as to say
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Publication information: Book title: Social Economics: Premises, Findings and Policies. Contributors: Edward J.O'Boyle - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 32.
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