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Human Action is the magnum opus of Ludwig von Mises about praxeology, the study of human action and choice. Although a tome of a book, a review has likened reading it to "imagine yourself in a large mansion that is dark but for the nightlights along the wall. You stumble from switch to switch, feeling your way around. Then someone comes along and throws on a switch that illuminates the whole building, inside and out, including the grounds outside. This is what Human Action does."
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When you read Human Action, what you get is not a running commentary on the turmoil of the time but rather a pristine theoretical argument that seems to rise above it all. Mises was able to detach himself and write a book restating and advancing a pure science of economic logic.
If the topic in question is economics, writes Lew Rockwell, the book that puts it all together is Human Action by Ludwig von Mises.
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It is perhaps the most important and profound book ever written. Yet how many, in their attempts to read it, have been stopped in their tracks by Part I? In those 7 chapters, Mises lays out the ph...
It’s time to explain the fiasco with Human Action yesterday. In a warehouse move, we found 87 copies an old edition of Human Action published in 1999. We decided to move them out for $15 each – after all, many were lacking the dust jacket and none had the slipcase. We figured it would take a few weeks or longer to empty our inventory. All things are clear in retrospect, but yesterday afternoon we had no idea what the result of this announcement would be. Our servers were slammed as never before.
Recorded at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama; 5-6 February 1999. [19:28]
What Makes 'Human Action' Different? Roger W. Garrison The Manifesto of Liberty
From: The Manifesto of Liberty , Friday, January 02, 2009 by Roger W. Garrison
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