AnalysisSearching for a Scientific Paradigm in Ecological Economics: The History of Ecological Economic Thought, 1880s–1930s
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Highlights•Social energetics was the foundation of ecological economic thought, 1880s–1930s.•Views on energy as a determinant of cultural development differed significantly.•Moral and policy issues were another main area of dissent.•Ecological economic thought in the period constituted a scientific metaparadigm.•Modern ecological economics would benefit from the adoption of a metaparadigm.

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