The Philosophy of the “Other Austrian Economics”

  • Elisabeth Nemeth
Part of the The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective book series (PSEP, volume 4)


I propose to reconstruct Neurath’s early economic theory as a genuinely theoretical, academic contribution to the epistemological controversies which were going on in the not yet well defined field of social science and economics before World War 1, rather than as an early, preparatory stage of his later ideas on socialism (as a planned economy in kind). Emphasizing the difference between his early theory and his later political activism can help us spell out the philosophical impact of Neurath’s highly original theoretical approach to economics and how his conceptual innovations there are related to his later contributions to logical empiricism. Tracing Neurath’s thought back to the debates on the subject matter of economics and social science before World War 1, also helps us to reconstruct the issues of these earlier debates that disappeared during the “short” 20th century.


Conceptual Structure Austrian Economic Economic Order Blow Down Indirect Path 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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