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The Treatment of “Irrationality” in the Social Sciences (Parts I—IV)


  • Mises, Ludwig von

    (Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia)


Ludwig von Mises, an economic classic, analyzes the popular notions of rationality and irrationality and their usage in economics and social sciences. He criticizes the prevailing treatment of rationality of human action as its infallibility and the identification of rationality with purely “material” or pecuniary motivation and interest. In addition Mises presents his ideas on the wide range of issues in the sphere of methodology and epistemology of economics and other social sciences.

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  • Mises, Ludwig von, 2015. "The Treatment of “Irrationality” in the Social Sciences (Parts I—IV)," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 2, pages 193-202.
  • Handle: RePEc:rnp:ecopol:ep1530

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    1. Webber, Melvin M., 2001. "The Joys of Spread-city," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt492403w2, University of California Transportation Center.
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    praxeology; Austrian economics; rationality; irrationality; theory and history; understanding; Verstehen; epistemology of economics; epistemology of the social sciences;

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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • B25 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary; Austrian; Stockholm School


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