Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Politics

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to liberalism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to conservatism.

2 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    What do you think about libertarian philosopher Ludwig von Mises' philosophy and economics?

    I've found his criticism of socialism very good (see his book "Socialism") and the praxeology developed by him very fruitful from an epistemological point of view.

    Also, Mises' criticism of marxism is good, it's summarized in the book "Marxism Unmasked":

    http://www.fee.org/pdf/books/MarxismUnmasked.pdf

    By the way, one of the core Mises' epistemological idea is the category of action, defined as purposeful behaviour aimed to ends, being the cause of action whatever unsatisfaction or privation felt by men.

    For example, I'm writting this comment because, for me, the expected state of affairs resulting of this action (e.g. you commenting about it) is more satisfactory in regards to the state of affairs previous to my action (e.g. my ignorance about your opinions about Mises).

    A theological corollary of this view is that God cannot act, because, being perfect and pure actuality, he cannot feel unsatisfaction or uneasiness in the human sense.

    No distinction of means to ends would make sense for God, because for Him everything would be gotten instantaneously.

    As far I know, Mises didn't develop any philosophy of religion, but many of his ideas are relevant for this field.

    My above explanation of Mises' ideas is crude and superficial, but they give an idea of Mises' views.

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  2. I like what I have seen so far from Mises, no doubt. I have a friend who is getting his philosophy Ph.D. with a dissertation on Mises. If you like, I could ask him if he would like to correspond with you about him!

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