The Review of Austrian Economics

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

Schütz on meaning and culture

  • Virgil Henry Storr


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.


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  1. 1.Mercatus CenterGeorge Mason UniversityArlingtonUSA

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