For them the economic problem would be merely whether to apply productive power to this or to that. Such an attitude of scepticism towards the Marxian theory does not imply denial of metaphysical materialism - though equally it does not imply its acceptance - it implies merely a refusal to believe that the causes influencing taste and so on are technical in nature.
But it is not true that the main assumptions are historico-relative in the same sense. If they remain unchanged, then tastes, etc.
For it is these relationships which are significant for conduct. Yet this is the normal procedure of much of the work of this kind.
It definitely implies that all changes in ends, in relative valuations, are conditioned by changes in the technical potentialities of production.
We may even conclude that the theory is fallacious.
Nor does the technical and social environment. The ends had changed. It is the study of the substantial instances in which these relationships show themselves through time. Economics and Technology A anlise da estrutura de produo independente do carcter da tcnica ou tecnologia empregue: For the influences determining the structure of production are not purely technical in nature.
Arguments therein have been widely accepted on the demarcation of economics as science from discussion of recommendations on economic policy.