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The Viennese Students of Civilization
The Meaning and Context of Austrian Economics Reconsidered

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Part of Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics

  • Date Published: March 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107126404

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  • This book argues that the work of the Austrian economists, including Carl Menger, Joseph Schumpeter, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, has been too narrowly interpreted. Through a study of Viennese politics and culture, it demonstrates that the project they were engaged in was much broader: the study and defense of a liberal civilization. Erwin Dekker shows the importance of the civilization in their work and how they conceptualized their own responsibilities toward that civilization, which was attacked left and right during the interwar period. Dekker argues that what differentiates their position is that they thought of themselves primarily as students of that civilization rather than as social scientists, or engineers. This unique focus and approach is related to the Viennese setting of the circles, which constitute the heart of Viennese intellectual life in the interwar period.

    • Corrects the one-sided view on Austrian economists which dominates the literature
    • Investigates how economics was transformed into a modern engineering science and what was lost in the process
    • Helps the reader understand how the Austrian economists regarded their role and responsibilities as scholars and citizens
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    '… a brilliant exploration of the historical, scientific, philosophical and cultural context of the Austrian School of economics … Any reader fascinated by intellectual history and the play between idealizations and circumstances will find Dekker's approach very illuminating.' Peter Boettke, George Mason University, Virginia

    'Erwin Dekker's thoughtful book firmly situates the so-called 'Austrian School' of economics within its Viennese background, showing its members can be better thought of as students of civilization than as disciplinary economists … The Viennese Students of Civilization is to be welcomed as an important contribution to twentieth-century intellectual economic history and current political thought.' Haaro Mass, University of Lausanne

    'In this thoughtful account of interwar Vienna and the Austrian tradition, Erwin Dekker reveals a humanistic scholarly sensibility quite rare amongst historians of economics. He adroitly interweaves the exploration of economics, sensibility and culture, yielding a book that will appeal to a correspondingly broad readership.' Robert Leonard, Université du Québec à Montréal

    'Dekker's volume opens up many interesting historiographic questions and suggests many compelling research paths. By arguing that even the logical-deductive theorists of the Austrian school shared many insights in the development of society and the political role of economists, the book proves to be an effective manifesto in favour of studying economics and economic thought from a cultural point of view. It thus constitutes a useful reading for students in economics and history.' Monika Poettinger, History of Economic Ideas

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    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107126404
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Cultivating economic knowledge
    3. Trapped between ignorance, customs and social forces
    4. The market - civilizing or disciplinary force?
    5. Instincts, civilization and communities
    6. Therapeutic nihilism or the humility of the student
    7. The student as defender of civilization
    8. The student of civilization and his culture
    9. Meaning lost, meaning found
    10. What it means to be a student of civilization.

  • Author

    Erwin Dekker, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    Erwin Dekker is Assistant Professor in Cultural Economics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has published in the fields of cultural economics, economic methodology and intellectual history, and he is currently working on valuation and the qualitative measurement of quality.

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