Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Robert Urquhart, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Upton Candice

Third Advisor

Tracy Mott


Economic methodology, History of economic thought, Philosophy of mathematics, Philosophy of science


Economics is supposed to fall somewhere between a hard science and a social science. During the last half century, economics has become highly mathematical trying to mimic physics. The purpose of this study is to look at the metaphysical statements linked to mathematical models, specifically, Game Theory. In doing so, it will be demonstrated that Game Theory, as part of neoclassical economics, engages in analysis which can be categorized as metaphysical, with real metaphysical implications. In categorizing the metaphysical assumptions of neoclassical economists/game theorists we will see how much of their analysis is consists in a reductive, implausible metaphysical view. Problems that arise from this view are hardly taken into consideration most economists. This lack of consideration has nontrivial consequences for economics as a discipline and for its methodology.

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Rights Holder

Edgar Luna


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

122 p.


Economic theory, Philosophy, Economic history

Included in

Economics Commons