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Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason: Text and Documents

F. A. Hayek and Bruce Caldwell


This book presents a study of social phenomena. How to best and most accurately study social interactions has long been debated intensely, and there are two main approaches: the positivists, who ignore intent and belief and draw on methods based in the sciences; and the nonpositivists, who argue that opinions and ideas drive action and are central to understanding social behavior. The author's opposition to the positivists and their claims to scientific rigor and certainty in the study of human behavior is a running theme of the book, which argues that the vast number of elements whose interac ... More

Keywords: social phenomena, social interactions, positivists, social behavior, human behavior, economic planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226321097
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226321127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. A. Hayek, author

Bruce Caldwell, editor

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