Celso Furtado’s transdisciplinary view on economic development

Vol. 42 No. 2 (2022)

Apr-Jun / 2022
Published May 5, 2022
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How to Cite

Araujo, Assilio Luiz Zanella de. 2022. “Celso Furtado’s Transdisciplinary View on Economic Development”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 42 (2):345-63. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572022-3226.

Celso Furtado’s transdisciplinary view on economic development

Assilio Luiz Zanella de Araujo
Doutor em economia pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Porto Alegre-RS, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 42 No. 2 (2022), Apr-Jun / 2022, Pages 345-363


The main objective of this work is to bring a different perspective from that
presented in previous works on the “development process” in Furtado’s thought. In line with
his methodological writings, we argue that Furtado extrapolated, in his formulation of the
“development process”, the limits of economic science, thus diverging from conventional
economic growth models. Furthermore, we emphasize that the referred author managed to
combine, in a creative manner, different aspects of the previous formulations on economic

JEL Classification: B30; O10.

Keywords: Celso Furtado development process ransdisciplinarity