Distinction or Dichotomy: Rethinking the Line between Thymology and Praxeology
21 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011
Date Written: January 7, 2011
The aim of this paper is to critically reexamine Ludwig Mises’ attempt to separate the psychological aspects of understanding (thymology) from the “science of action” (praxeology). There are, we contend, legitimate distinctions between theory, on the one hand, and, on the other, psychology or history. But, there is no need to dichotomize them from one another in the way Mises sometimes did.
Keywords: Thymology, Praxeology, Hermeneutics, Mises, Methodology of the Austrian School
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