Is expected to be published in August 2024

Economics as an Empirical Social Science. An Inventory

Economics still adheres entirely unreflectively to a mechanistic worldview and machine thinking. Epistemologically, it thus remains in the 19th century, and its assumptions and theories, methods, and models therefore stand in stark contradiction to the findings of all other social and natural sciences as well as a multitude of empirical facts.

Through a discourse-analytical examination of sixteen basic concepts in economics, based on twelve standard economics textbooks, their ideahistorical origin and use are worked out and compared and related to the current state of knowledge of other disciplines. This reveals the structural, methodological, and content errors of economics in a clear manner.

Especially for critical students, who have long been demanding an economics that is in line with the current state of research and faces the challenges of the 21st century, this opens up the possibility of a new approach to economics.


The Content

  • Discourse-analytical examination of fundamental assumptions and concepts of economics from »labor« to »wealth«
  • Structural, methodological, and content critique of economic thinking from an epistemological perspective
  • Critical examination of the use of empirical and statistical data, the method of gaining knowledge, and the model thinking in economics


This book is a translation of an original German edition. The translation was done with the help of artificial intelligence (machine translation by the service A subsequent human revision was done primarily in terms of content, so that the book will read stylistically differently from a conventional translation.

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