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Truth Warrior
12-18-2008, 06:40 PM
Study Guide to Human Action


by Bob Murphy (http://www.lewrockwell.com/murphy/mailto:rpm@consultingbyrpm.com)


It has been a work years in the making, but finally the Study Guide (http://www.mises.org/store/Human-Action-Study-Guide-P547.aspx?AFID=14) to the Scholar's Edition of Ludwig von Mises's Human Action (http://www.mises.org/store/Human-Action-The-Scholars-Edition-P119C0.aspx?AFID=14), is available. You can order the handsome volume here (http://www.mises.org/store/Human-Action-Study-Guide-P547.aspx?AFID=14), and – as we've come to expect – the Mises Institute is generously providing the entire book free for download here (http://www.mises.org/books/humanactionstudy.pdf).

We hope that this new guide makes Mises's magnum opus less intimidating. Each chapter of the guide starts with a summary of the chapter from Human Action, broken down not just by section but also down to the italicized subheadings in Mises's text. Then, the study guide has a section on Why It Matters, in which the chapter is placed in context, either historical or even within the book itself. (While writing the guide, I discovered that the progression of the chapters in Human Action, as well as their arrangement into Parts, was much more methodical than I had realized during previous readings.)

Once you realize that Mises has a definite plan for the book – it is certainly not a Joycean stream-of-consciousness riff – then its 881 pages are not as daunting. You realize with each chapter, "Yes, now I see why Mises couldn't really get on to Important Topic X until he first dealt with the material he just covered."

After placing the chapter in context, the study guide then offers Technical Notes. Often, these relate the chapter's content to the mainstream approach, to help the graduate student or professor digest the Misesian framework. This section also points out possible problems with the material in the chapter, such as an objection raised by later Austrians, or even a possible contradiction with other parts of Human Action. The purpose here, of course, is to encourage critical reflection on Mises's great work. It is simply not true that Austrians "worship" Mises and refuse to criticize him, though critics often employ this straw man.

Finally, each study-guide chapter comes with a list of questions (the bulk of which were prepared by Amadeus Gabriel). In contrast to the Technical Notes, the purpose of the questions is to ensure that the reader has grasped the essential points in each section of the chapter.

Since I discovered it in high school, I have now read Human Action at least three times cover to cover, and each time it was different. I am confident that it is one of the most important books (let alone economics books) written in the 20th century. For those who have dabbled with it, I strongly encourage you – with the help of the study guide – to pick it back up and start reading from the beginning. If you would just decide to suck it up and start reading from page 1, you may find that "the boring part where I get stuck" never comes.


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December 18, 2008


Bob Murphy [send him mail (http://www.lewrockwell.com/murphy/mailto:rpm@consultingbyrpm.com)] runs the blog Free Advice (http://consultingbyrpm.com/blog/) and is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism (http://www.mises.org/store/Politically-Incorrect-Guide-to-Capitalism-The-P360C0.aspx?AFID=14).


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american.swan
12-18-2008, 07:40 PM
I have nearly $100 worth of items I'd like to buy from mises store, but they charge an additional $100 to ship to South Korea. So what can I do? Major pain if you ask me.

Truth Warrior
12-18-2008, 07:52 PM
I have nearly $100 worth of items I'd like to buy from mises store, but they charge an additional $100 to ship to South Korea. So what can I do? Major pain if you ask me. Download the free PDFs, where available. ;) Human Action AND the Study Guide, for obvious examples. :)

heavenlyboy34
12-18-2008, 08:00 PM
Thanks, Sensei!! :) I'm bookmarking this.

Truth Warrior
12-18-2008, 08:09 PM
Thanks, Sensei!! :) I'm bookmarking this. You're welcome, grasshoppa. ;) With Acrobat Reader, you can save a copy of the PDFs to your hard drive, USB thumb drive, memory stick, etc. :)

Conza88
12-18-2008, 08:41 PM
I have nearly $100 worth of items I'd like to buy from mises store, but they charge an additional $100 to ship to South Korea. So what can I do? Major pain if you ask me.

Yep. I've wanted to purchase about $400 worth of Mises books... a friend wants to purchase about $800...

We will then share them around. Shipping to australia is practically more than the books are worth..

They have some stupid system its like if you buy 6 books, it stays at the same price to ship.. go one over and it like starts a new box or something... so you then get another 5 books for that same shipment..

Try fiddling with it...

We emailed and asked.... we were going to buy a lot of books... cld you simply get one massive box and back them all in.. so we only need to pay for one packaging..

No response.

AusDollar doesn't help... :mad:

american.swan
12-18-2008, 08:45 PM
Download the free PDFs, where available. ;) Human Action AND the Study Guide, for obvious examples. :)

I have download a lot of media from mises. 8GB of audio in like a day. (do some searching, it isn't THAT hard with Firefox help.)

I have downloaded a lot of pdf's also.

You know, I actually saw someone here in Korea carrying one of those white flat electronic books...I think from Amazon.

:)

american.swan
12-18-2008, 08:58 PM
I'll check that out. Thanks.


Yep. I've wanted to purchase about $400 worth of Mises books... a friend wants to purchase about $800...

We will then share them around. Shipping to australia is practically more than the books are worth..

They have some stupid system its like if you buy 6 books, it stays at the same price to ship.. go one over and it like starts a new box or something... so you then get another 5 books for that same shipment..

Try fiddling with it...

We emailed and asked.... we were going to buy a lot of books... cld you simply get one massive box and back them all in.. so we only need to pay for one packaging..

No response.

AusDollar doesn't help... :mad:

Firegirl
12-19-2008, 10:03 AM
I'm have to admit that I'm a Mises virgin :)

This will help me get started. Thanks!

Truth Warrior
12-19-2008, 10:17 AM
I'm have to admit that I'm a Mises virgin :)

This will help me get started. Thanks! You may want to ease into Mises with one or two of his shorter and easier one's first, Virg. ;) :)

Firegirl
12-19-2008, 10:57 AM
You may want to ease into Mises with one or two of his shorter and easier one's first, Virg. ;) :)

What would you recommend?

Truth Warrior
12-19-2008, 09:52 PM
What would you recommend?

Your choice. Whatever strikes your fancy. :) http://mises.org/literature.aspx?action=author&Id=280 (http://mises.org/literature.aspx?action=author&Id=280)

I started with these:

http://mises.org/resources/2714 (http://mises.org/resources/2714)
http://mises.org/books/bureaucracy.pdf (http://mises.org/books/bureaucracy.pdf)
http://mises.org/Books/og.pdf (http://mises.org/Books/og.pdf)
http://mises.org/etexts/mises/anticap.asp (http://mises.org/etexts/mises/anticap.asp)

heavenlyboy34
12-19-2008, 11:37 PM
Your choice. Whatever strikes your fancy. :) http://mises.org/literature.aspx?action=author&Id=280 (http://mises.org/literature.aspx?action=author&Id=280)

I started with these:

http://mises.org/resources/2714 (http://mises.org/resources/2714)
http://mises.org/books/bureaucracy.pdf (http://mises.org/books/bureaucracy.pdf)
http://mises.org/Books/og.pdf (http://mises.org/Books/og.pdf)
http://mises.org/etexts/mises/anticap.asp (http://mises.org/etexts/mises/anticap.asp)

"The dogma that the State or the Government is the embodiment of all that is good and beneficial and that the individuals are wretched underlings, exclusively intent upon inflicting harm upon one another and badly in need of a guardian, is almost unchallenged. It is taboo to question it in the slightest way. He who proclaims the godliness of the State and the infallibility of its priests, the bureaucrats, is considered as an impartial student of the social sciences. All those raising objections are branded as biased and narrow-minded. The supporters of the new religion of statolatry are no less fanatical and intolerant than were the Mohammedan conquerors of Africa and Spain."

Nice stuff, TW. Thanks for the post. :D

Truth Warrior
12-20-2008, 06:26 AM
"The dogma that the State or the Government is the embodiment of all that is good and beneficial and that the individuals are wretched underlings, exclusively intent upon inflicting harm upon one another and badly in need of a guardian, is almost unchallenged. It is taboo to question it in the slightest way. He who proclaims the godliness of the State and the infallibility of its priests, the bureaucrats, is considered as an impartial student of the social sciences. All those raising objections are branded as biased and narrow-minded. The supporters of the new religion of statolatry are no less fanatical and intolerant than were the Mohammedan conquerors of Africa and Spain."

Nice stuff, TW. Thanks for the post. :D

With Ron being an Austrian econ guy, I expected a somewhat more elevated level of the general discourse at the RPF. As usual, ya just get what ya get. :( Overall, the roots of the grass seem pretty shallow.<IMHO>

You're welcome! ;) :)

heavenlyboy34
12-20-2008, 05:12 PM
With Ron being an Austrian econ guy, I expected a somewhat more elevated level of the general discourse at the RPF. As usual, ya just get what ya get. :( Overall, the roots of the grass seem pretty shallow.<IMHO>


I'm still learning, sensei. They didn't teach me much in college, so I have some catching up to do. I'll help elevate the discourse when I've read a few more of the books on the Mises site (hopefully over the winter break).

Truth Warrior
12-21-2008, 07:20 AM
I'm still learning, sensei. They didn't teach me much in college, so I have some catching up to do. I'll help elevate the discourse when I've read a few more of the books on the Mises site (hopefully over the winter break). I goes far, far beyond that. :( BTW, you were not the target of my comment, grasshoppa. ;) :) Mostly it was aimed at those here, who are more than old enough to know better, but do not. :p