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Ontological unification then is a matter of invoking ontological identifications such as [A] and [C] or their specific forms in a number of cases. Menger subscribed to this idea when stating “that all phenomena of value are the same in nature and origin, and that the magnitude of value is always governed according to the same principles” (Menger [1871] 1976, 173; italics added). Many later Austrians tend to share this thrust, as witnessed by Kirzner’s statement: “Exactly the same competitive-entrepreneurial market process is at work whether it manifests itself through prices adjusting toward general (or partial) equilibrium patterns or through the adjustment of commodity opportunities made available, techniques of production, or the organization of industry” (Kirzner 1973, 129; italics added).

They are bothered by it but do not want to go as far as proscribing it in general. Their recipe is Mäki / EXPLANATORY UNIFICATION: DOUBLE AND DOUBTFUL 505 rather to regulate and constrain the pursuit of universality. My argument in the present article shares this general thrust. See also Mäki (2000). 2. On the rationale of, and constraints on, these more radical versions (or what is known as economics imperialism), see Mäki (2000). We might add to the above list of “expansionist” economists such philosophers as Nicholas Rescher and Alvin Goldman who have offered accounts of knowledge and science in economic terms.

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