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Hayek's Epistemology and Methodology: Between Mises and Popper

Hayek's Epistemology and Methodology: Between Mises and Popper Gerard Bramoulle0 & Didier Calcei00 1. Introduction Hayek's intellectual oeuvre puzzles those who walk across the halls of academe for several reasons. It troubles them, first and foremost, by its very ambition which, put in a nutshell, amounts to trying to resolve "the problem of an appropriate social order".1 The normative bent of this research programme is at times mistaken with an ideological bias on grounds that Hayek's contributions are not in keeping with the still ruling perception of science which tends to limit this branch of knowledge to positive theorizing. 2 It also puzzles by its typically Viennese spirit, the propensity of embracing in comprehensive fashion what is usually "studied from the different angles of economics, jurisprudence, political science, sociology and ethics". 3 This unifying vision of the social sciences runs counter to the disciplinary barriers nurtured by those corporate trends to which Kuhn's sociology of knowledge refer. Hayek's oeuvre is also frustrating because of the extent of its scope, due to the extraordinary long and fertile scholarly career of its author; this fact explains that a proper understanding of Hayek's work is, if not harder, at least more time-consuming than that of scholars such as Debreu http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines de Gruyter

Hayek's Epistemology and Methodology: Between Mises and Popper

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 1999 by the
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2194-5799
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2153-1552
DOI
10.1515/jeeh-1999-0408
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Gerard Bramoulle0 & Didier Calcei00 1. Introduction Hayek's intellectual oeuvre puzzles those who walk across the halls of academe for several reasons. It troubles them, first and foremost, by its very ambition which, put in a nutshell, amounts to trying to resolve "the problem of an appropriate social order".1 The normative bent of this research programme is at times mistaken with an ideological bias on grounds that Hayek's contributions are not in keeping with the still ruling perception of science which tends to limit this branch of knowledge to positive theorizing. 2 It also puzzles by its typically Viennese spirit, the propensity of embracing in comprehensive fashion what is usually "studied from the different angles of economics, jurisprudence, political science, sociology and ethics". 3 This unifying vision of the social sciences runs counter to the disciplinary barriers nurtured by those corporate trends to which Kuhn's sociology of knowledge refer. Hayek's oeuvre is also frustrating because of the extent of its scope, due to the extraordinary long and fertile scholarly career of its author; this fact explains that a proper understanding of Hayek's work is, if not harder, at least more time-consuming than that of scholars such as Debreu

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Journal des Économistes et des Études Humainesde Gruyter

Published: Dec 1, 1999

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