I will now show that the development of the sociology of delinquency, properly understood, exemplifies the Misesian apriorism
It traffics in apriorism
and tends to dismiss the usual notions of truth.
See Murray Rothbard, "In Defense of Extreme Apriorism
," SEJ 23 (1957): 3.
He renders the difference as follows: "an apriorism
of the intellectual light (lumen intellectuale) as a formal a priori of the subject in Aquinas, and the apriorism
of an idea objectively existing in itself in Augustine.
But I believe that the genuine truth contained in Mises' apriorism
is not that his findings were irrefutable, but, given that "action" is a philosophical concept and in so far as there is a core of economic science that is inseparable from that concept, then the conclusions of analysis dealing with that core can only be refuted by philosophical, and not by empirical, means.
That is the height of apriorism
, projected by philosophers who often pride themselves on their naturalism and empiricism.
Hence, the fact that we cannot employ our concepts in the absence of experience is no objection to the Kantian version of apriorism
, and so no objection to Mises.
Clearly, Parisi's evolutionist position is antithetical to Hoppe's apriorism
Caldwell presents just enough of Mises to render intelligible the debates over apriorism
and methodology more broadly that so heavily occupied Hayek.
Unless one holds to an apriorism
of finitude, a la Heidegger, one should recognize that all human inquiry goes back to God's mystery.