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The Review of Austrian Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 147–163 | Cite as

Schütz on meaning and culture

  • Virgil Henry Storr
Article

Abstract

The hermeneutical Austrians wanted to provide (1) a philosophically sound justification for the contention that praxeology is a science of meaning and (2) justification for an approach to empirical/historical work that favors ethnographic methods. This article argues that had the hermeneutical Austrians relied on Alfred Schütz rather than Hans-Georg Gadamer to support their positions much of the firestorm surrounding their methodological pronouncements could have been avoided. Schütz’s phenomenology offers a more than adequate defense for these (two) positions and, as a member of the Austrian school, his views on these arguments may have been more readily received.

Keywords

Schütz Gadamer Phenomenology Hermeneutics Culture and economy Thick descriptions 

JEL

B0 B25 B3 B53 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mercatus CenterGeorge Mason UniversityArlingtonUSA

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