The problem that this paper is concerned with is somewhat narrower than the title suggests.
To begin with, I shall be concerned with the relationship between economics and the social sciences only from the point of view of the economist. The interdisciplinary problem will be discussed, in other words, from the vantage point of the economist rather than from that of the sociologist, the anthropologist or the psychologist. Secondly, `economics`, as the term is used in this paper, is intended to refer to what may be best described as `orthodox economics`. Since by orthodox economics we customarily refer to the theoretical systems of the classicists, the praxeologists, the general interdependence economists and finally the neo-classicists and the aggregative economists, the discussion will not be concerned with two schools of thought which from some points of view may be as significant as the orthodox. I am referring, of course, to the Marxists and the institutionalists. Although, in view of space limitations, this omission is mandatory, it is a regrettable one in so far as the methodological relationship between Marxian or institutional economics and the other social sciences is significantly different from that prevailing between the latter and orthodox economics. [...]
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