Implications of Machlup’s Interpretation of Mises’s Epistemology

GABRIEL J. ZANOTTI, NICOLÁS CACHANOSKY
JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT 37.1 (2015): 111-138

Abstract: We argue that Fritz Machlup’s (1995) interpretation of Mises’s epistemology is at least as, if not more, plausible than Murray N. Rothbard’s (1957) interpretation. The implications of Machlup’s interpretation of Mises and of Austrian epistemology affect Austrians and non-Austrians in their academic interaction. Machlup’s interpretation shows that Austrian epistemology is well grounded in post-Popperian epistemology and that most criticisms of Austrian economics based on its aprioristic character are misplaced. Furthermore, Machlup’s interpretation provides us with a setting to rebuild the academic interaction between Austrians and non-Austrians that was characteristic of the early twentieth century.