Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2017, 17:15 - 19:00 iCal

Guest Lecture by Dr. Erwin Dekker

Left Luggage: The importance of Viennese culture for understanding Austrian economics

Hörsaal 2H im Neuen Institutsgebäude (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien


Histories of economics typically ignore the social and cultural context of the theorists. But, recently a number of scholars, including Tony Judt and Corey Robin, have attempted to discredit Austrian economics by emphasizing the (cultural) distance between the context in which the Austrians made their contributions and our current society. This article argues that they fundamentally misunderstand and misrepresent the Austrian and Habsburg context. It is argued that the relevant context, particularly for the interwar contributions of Mises, Schumpeter, Hayek and Popper is the despair about the breakdown of their civilization, because of the rise of mass political movements and ideologies such as socialism and fascism. A better understanding of that context does not only enrich the meaning of Austrian economics, but it also demonstrates that it increases their relevance for contemporary social discussions.

Erwin Dekker is assistant professor in cultural economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL).


Doktoratskolleg "Naturwissenschaften im historischen, philosophischen und kulturellen Kontext"


Mag. Mag. Mag. Ramon Pils, DipTrans
Institut für Geschichte
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