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Hayek's Epistemology and Methodology: Between Mises and Popper


  • Bramoullé Gérard

    (University of Aix-Marseille III)

  • Calcei Didier

    (University of Aix-Marseille III)


Hayek a souvent été critiqué pour avoir changé de méthodologie, passant de labstraction misesienne à lempirisme popperien. Larticle défend la thèse que Hayek na pas changé de position méthodologique et quil a, au contraire, toujours défendu ladaptation des méthodes aux objets danalyse à partir dune conception présente dans The Sensory Order. Cette conception, qui le situe dès les années 20 entre celle de Mises et de Popper, peut être qualifiée dapriorisme faillibiliste selon lexpression empruntée à Barry Smith.Hayek has often been taken to task for having allegedly changed his methodological allegiance by discarding Misesian abstraction in favor of Poppers empiricism. This paper shows that Hayek has not altered his methodological stance but has rather continuously proposed to adapt the methods to the object being analyzed, and so, from an epistemological perspective worked out in The Sensory Order. This conception which locates him between Mises and Popper as early as the 1920s can be dubbed faillibilistic apriorism, to use Barry Smiths felicitous design.

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  • Bramoullé Gérard & Calcei Didier, 1999. "Hayek's Epistemology and Methodology: Between Mises and Popper," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 9(4), pages 1-26, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:9:y:1999:i:4:n:7

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