Otto Neurath und Ludwig von Mises: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Viennese Late Enlightenment

Alexander Linsbichler

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Logical empiricism and the Austrian School of economics are two of the internationally most influential intellectual movements with Viennese roots. By and large independently of each other, both have been subject to detailed historical and philosophical investigations for the last two decades. However, in spite of numerous connections and interactions between the two groups, their relationship has captured surprisingly sparse attention. My dissertation focuses on the many-faceted juxtaposition of two supposedly antagonistic champions of Viennese Late Enlightenment: logical empiricist Otto Neurath and Austrian economist Ludwig Mises. I rationally reconstruct and critically compare their epistemological, methodological, and economic positions and demonstrate that a closer look reveals more compatibilities and similarities than acknowledged by the received view and by the protagonists themselves.1 Over and above the historiographic task of challenging and amending this received view, the analytic components of my thesis inform contemporary debates in philosophy, politics, economics, and other sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-208
Number of pages7
JournalErasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603123 History of science
  • 603124 Theory of science
  • 603102 Epistemology
  • 603116 Political philosophy


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