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Theory and History; An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution

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2012 Reprint of Original 1957 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "Mises' fourth and last great work, Theory and History (1957), has made remarkably little impact, and has rarely been cited even by the young economists of the recent Austrian revival. It remains by far the most neglected masterwork of Mises. An ...more
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Published March 1st 2012 by Martino Fine Books (first published 1957)
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Prashant Singh
One of the best works in Praxeology and Philosophy of History.

"Behaviorism proposes to study human behavior according
to the methods developed by animal and infant psychology. It
seeks to investigate reflexes and instincts, automatisms and
unconscious reactions. But it has told us nothing about the
reflexes that have built cathedrals, railroads, and fortresses, the
instincts that have produced philosophies, poems, and legal
systems, the automatisms that have resulted in the growth and
decline of empire
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David
Every so often I need a good intellectual challenge. Something that makes me use my dictionary and also challenges my thinking. This book will do that. In the Mises tradition he uses all of his favorite big words. The book is more about philosophy or epistemology than it is about history. We must understand how to think about history and how this impacts our interpretation and application of the lessons of history. The book succeeds on this point.

However, in this book Mises seems to make an att
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Allen
I listened to the audio book over the past month. I loved this book because it satisfied a desire I have had for a while - to learn about important philosophies and their interpretations of history and economics. I give some highlights below in my own words, though they are not connected as well as they are in the book. The material and its presentation are just my cup of tea and I highly recommmend this book to anyone interested in these topics.


Von Mises believes individuals, their "judgments o
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Markus
In this book Mises' debunks all bullshit determinism and fatalism in the modern theory of history - like Historicism or Marx pretty disturbing and almost religious historical materialism - while defending the methodological dualism in his lucid and rational way based on a clear logical structure.
Although this book doesn't deal directly with economics it's, in my opinion, nontheless one of Mises most enjoyable books simply for the vast amount of important topics Mises tackles and makes clear to t
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Robert Taylor
The most important contribution by Mises to understanding why theory is essential to any address of historical inquiry. After Human Action, this is my favorite Mises book. I love his dry wit and humor and how extensively he delves into a destruction of all Karl Marx's ideas. The introduction by Murray Rothbard is also among the best summaries of the validity of Praxeology. Just great stuff!
Eric Sexton
This is the type of book that anyone with an interest in philosophy should read. Unfortunately, it's likely that only people who are already familiar with Mises and his work on praxeology will ever come across it.

It's highly unfortunate that the state of modern thought is still as hostile to Mises' ideas as it was when this work was written (if not more so). But regardless of your political persuasion Mises has some important things to say about the nature of human action. This book does a great
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Geir
An eye opening book in a class of its own. It cuts through a lot of the nonsense we are told and which is accepted as "good" political theory and history. Mises is never disappointing.
Arturo
Este libro es una durísima y acertada crítica al marxismo y al materialismo histórico, desde el puro plano de la lógica. Aunque estas ramas de la filosofía política hayan quedado obsoletas por los acontecimientos (no lo estaban cuando se escribió el libro), es todavía interesante leer el libro por la belleza del análisis y de la "demolición lógica" de los planteamientos de estas filosofías, pues aunque en conjunto se hayan visto defenestradas, todavía hay muchos de sus valores que permean a las ...more
Daniel Jacobs
von mises implies that he agrees with marx during his critique of marx. sly move
Craig J.
THEORY AND HISTORY (Lib Works Ludwig Von Mises PB) by LUDWIG VON MISES (2005)
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Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (German pronunciation: [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs]; September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free-market libertarian movement and the Austrian School.
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