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Frédéric Bastiat: Praxeologist Theoretician

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  • Bramoullé Gérard

    (Université d’Aix-Marseille III)

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    Frédéric Bastiat is often regarded as a brilliant journalist with no academic skills. This degrading appraisal is discussed and the article demonstrates that Bastiat was a praxeologist ahead of this time. Opposed to the use of the realm of social science; conceiving economics as determining general laws, on the basis of absolute principles, such as the axiom of action; spinned out by a deductive approach; aware (of the fact) that the study of human action must be completed by that of individual interactions (catallactics); in a limited time Bastiat has been able to draw conclusions and anticipate situations of universal nature.Frédéric Bastiat est souvent considéré comme un brillant journaliste, sans qualités académiques. Cette appréciation dévalorisante est discutée et l’article montre que Bastiat était un théoricien praxéologiste avant l’heure. Opposé à l’application de la méthode des sciences physiques aux sciences sociales ; concevant la science économique comme déterminant des lois générales, à partir de principes absolus, tels que l’axiome de l’action, prolongés par une démarche déductive ; conscient que l’étude de l’action humaine doit être complétée par celle des interactions individuelles (la catallactique) ; Bastiat a pu, dans un temps limité, dégager des conclusions et anticiper des situations au caractère universel.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 1-14

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