Pole History of Ideas, Cognition and Complexity (PHICC)

Pole History of Ideas, Cognition and Complexity (PHICC)

The Pole History of Ideas, Cognition and Complexity (PHICC) brings together research focusing on recent developments in economic analysis. Two complementary perspectives are implemented. The first one encompasses recent history of economic ideas, as well as epistemology and economic philosophy, and how these fields are combined in view of a better understanding of how modern economic theory evolves, including the emergence of new concepts and methods. The second one addresses the concept of cognition and the complexity of modern economies, building on mathematical formalizations and experimental economics.

PHICC provides a better understanding of economic mechanisms that are still poorly documented, using different methods that taken in isolation or in conjunction able to shed a new light on the determinants of the evolution of ideas and economic concepts, cognition, bounded rationality, risk, uncertainty, etc.

PHICC contributes to the GREDEG scientific project on the basis of a deeper appraisal of behavioral and cognitive mechanisms at work in the dynamics of economies and societies, considered as complex systems and faced with different sorts of crisis (health, financial, climate). It reveals historical points, like the emergence of economic expertise at the micro and macro-levels.

The PHICC uses several GREDEG platforms: LEEN, but also CoCoLab (MSH Sud Est) and the recent bibliometric initiative Digital History of Science.

The academic partnership strategy is at national, European and international level, with well-recognized institutional or individual collaborations.

At the local level, the PHICC is linked to Academy 2 on complex systems, and Academy 5 on people, ideas, and environments. The MSHS is close to this research, with a focus on cognitive and computational sciences, as well as history of ideas, sciences and practices. EUR ELMI, EUR CREATES and EUR DS4H support various research actions carried out by the PHICC.

Last, the Cognition and Complexity Institutes, such as NeuroMod, are linked to the PHICC.

The pole is composed of two teams: