Microfoundations Reconsidered The Relationship of Micro and Macroeconomics in Historical Perspective
The Relationship of Micro and Macroeconomics in Historical Perspective
Chapter 2: From Foundational Critique to Fictitious Players: The Curious Odyssey of Oskar Morgenstern
JOBNAME: Duarte PAGE: 1 SESS: 2 OUTPUT: Mon Apr 30 09:36:53 2012 2. From foundational critique to fictitious players: the curious odyssey of Oskar Morgenstern Robert Leonard* 1. INTRODUCTION For the contemporary economist, the names of John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern are so tightly associated together that it is difficult to prise them apart. By virtue of their association with the creation of game theory, the two have become somehow “fused” together in our perception, and the considerable differences between them lost to view. Nonetheless, while we refer unthinkingly today to the “von Neumann-Morgenstern utility function”, or to their joint authorship of the Theory of Games and Economic Behavior ( 1947), the fact remains that while one was a Hungarian mathematician of extraordinary calibre, the other was a philosophically-inclined Austrian economist with little or no mathematical training. In what follows, I would like to consider the life and work of that economist in particular, Morgenstern, paying special emphasis to the role of foundational critique in the Vienna and early Princeton phases of his career. This will also allow us to appreciate his distinct character and outlook, and the considerable intellectual distance he travelled in becoming a co-author of von Neumann’s. From the mid-1920s until 1938, Morgenstern was active in a Vienna that bristled with intellectual activity and political tension. Lapsed Austrian economist, Othmar Spann, preached a form of Romantic idealism, intentionally whipping up his students against rationalist economics, against Marxism and against Freud. Students participating in Ludwig...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.