Is economic planning hypercomputational? The argument from Cantor diagonalisation

Cottrell, A., Cockshott, W.P. and Michaelson, G. (2009) Is economic planning hypercomputational? The argument from Cantor diagonalisation. Journal of Unconventional Computing, 5(3-4), pp. 223-236.



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Murphy [26] argues that the diagonal argument of the number theorist Cantor can be used to elucidate issues that arose in the socialist calculation debate of the 1930s. In particular he contends that the diagonal argument buttresses the claims of the Austrian economists regarding the impossibility of rational planning.We challenge Murphy’s argument, both at the number theoretic level and from the standpoint of economic realism.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Hypercomputing, computability, economic calculation
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cockshott, Dr William
Authors: Cottrell, A., Cockshott, W.P., and Michaelson, G.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Journal of Unconventional Computing
Publisher:Old City Publishing, Inc.
ISSN (Online):1548-7202
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Unconventional Computing 5(3-4):223-236
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of the authors.

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