Epistemology of Mises vs. statistics

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Epistemology of Mises vs. statistics

  • Dave Burns

    In an article, Kwashiorkor explained Mises ideas about the synthetic a priori. Mises introspected to find the most basic truths of Human Action, then used logic to combine and expand them. Mises took the position that statistics could provide historical data but could not succeed in disproving a theory. We cannot measure the values we would need to measure in order to test a theory, and the complexity of society prevents observable phenomena from acting as reliable proxies.
    I am not sure whether Mises ever explicitly considered the issue of bias on the part of the researcher in relation to theory. I suppose he would have left it to the process of scholarly review and discussion to deal with this danger.

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  • Adam Knott

    In that article, Kwashiorkor explains Hoppe’s ideas about the synthetic a priori, including Hoppe’s ideas about Mises’s ideas.

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      Dave Burns

      Oops, should have reviewed.

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