The Neglected Potential of Rothbard’s Preface to Theory and History as an Introductory Text on Austrian Methodology

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https://doi.org/10.30800/mises.2021.v9.1357

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Murray N. Rothbard, praxeology, Austrian Economics, methodology, epistemology

Abstract

Given the breadth of the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics and the numerous lengthy treatises across which those ideas are scattered, it is difficult to recommend an introductory text that conveys its definingcharacteristics. However, in this regard, Murray N. Rothbard’s rarely discussed Preface to Ludwig von Mises’s book Theory and History possesses considerable untapped potential. The Preface’s merits as an introductory reading stem not only from its persuasive summary of the praxeological method and the core arguments in its favor, amongst other distinguishing characteristics of the Austrian School, but also from its brevity and Rothbard’s stilistic clarity, which make it incredibly accessible to newcomers to Austrian ideas.

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Author Biography

George Pickering, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

George Pickering is a doctoral student of Economic History at the University of Oxford. He received his
undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics, and was a Research Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in 2017 and 2018. His research interests include monetary history and the history of economic methodology.

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2021-06-22

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Pickering G. The Neglected Potential of Rothbard’s Preface to Theory and History as an Introductory Text on Austrian Methodology. MisesJournal [Internet]. 2021Jun.22 [cited 2021Sep.21];9. Available from: https://misesjournal.org.br/misesjournal/article/view/1357

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