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Methodology of the Social Sciences Workshop

Methodology of the Social Sciences Workshop

The Methodology of the Social Sciences Workshop provided an opportunity to critically examine some of the key texts on Austrian economic methodology as well discussion on some of the key methodological issues that economic researchers should consider as they pursue their scholarly research.

The workshop began with a day long colloquium and movie day on Friday, September 4th. The workshop met twice a month during the Fall 2009 semester following GSPW on Wednesdays from 12:15pm-1:45pm (Buchanan House Fairfax Campus).

Colloquium Reading Schedule (Sept 4, 2009 – Buchanan House, Fairfax Campus)

Session 1 – The study of man (9:00 – 10:00)

Polanyi, Michael (1964) The Study of Man (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)

Session 2 – Escaping dogmas, creating the republic (10:15 – 11:15)

W.V.O. Quine (1951), “Two Dogmas of Empiricism,” The Philosophical Review 60: 20-4.

Michael Polanyi (1962), “The Republic of Science: Its Political and Economic Theory,” Minerva 1: 54-74.

Lunch, a movie and a discussion – And the band played on(11:30 – 2:45)

Session 3 – Our methods (3:00 – 4:30)

Mario Rizzo (1982) “Mises and Lakatos: A Reformulation of Economic Methodology,” in Israel M. Kirzner (ed.) Method, Process and Austrian Economics: Essays in Honor of Ludwig von Mises (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath).

Don Lavoie (1985) “The Interpretive Dimension of Economics: Science, Hermeneutics and Praxeology,” Center for the Study of Market Processes Working Paper #15.

Readings Group Schedule (Fall Semester – Buchanan House, Fairfax Campus)

Sept 16, 2009 – Menger’s Investigations into the Method of the Social Sciences with Special Reference to Economics (1985), Book 1.

Sept 30, 2009 – Menger’s Investigations …, Books 2 & 3.

Oct 14, 2009 – Mises’ Epistemelogical Problems of Economics (1960), Part 1.

Oct 28, 2009 – Mises’ Epistemelogical …, Parts 2 & 3.

Nov 18, 2009 – Hayek’s The Counter-Revolution of Science: Studies on the Abuse of Reason(1952), Chapts. 1 -6.

Dec 9, 2009 – Hayek’s The Counter-Revolution …, Chapts 7 – 10.

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