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Volume 10  Number 2  •  Fall 2005
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Oakeshott and Mises on Understanding Human Action
By Gene Callahan
This article appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of The Independent Review

Despite their numerous differences, British political theorist Michael Oakeshott and Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises held remarkably similar views on the nature of the social sciences. Comparing their presuppositions may help us uncover a common ground for theorizing about human action as well as illuminate their ideas from a new vantage point.