Rothbard Graduate Seminar 2003
Before the 20th century, economic science was seen as an integrated whole that lent itself particularly well to treatise-length expositions. Every important economist aspired to write one that built the science, block by block, from first principles to every conceivable application.
But since World War II, and the triumph of Keynesianism and positivism, only two treatises that have stood out: Mises's Human Action (1949) and Murray Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State (1962)--both masterworks of the Austrian tradition.
Rothbard's treatise began as a textbook to teach Misesian theory, but quickly took on the character of a grand intellectual project. More than any other book in the generation after Mises, it has shaped the Austrian understanding of theory and policy. It is this treatise that formed the bridge between the interwar Austrians and the present generation.
This seminar, designed for graduate students from a variety of disciplines, is devoted to examining Rothbard's treatise in particular. The Mises Institute's Scholar's Edition (2003) integrates the original treatise with the part that was cut and later appeared at Power and Market. The new edition includes introductory material from the archives. All accepted students will receive complementary copies of the reading material.
Led by a remarkable faculty, a select number of students will participate in a week of seminars that will take us from the first page to the last. Rarely does an opportunity such as this appear in the life of a student. The program ends with a Mündliche Prüfung, an optional exam for an honors certificate. All events, including special meals and evening receptions, will take place at the Mises Institute. All students will have week-long access to the library and computers.
To apply, go to the Student Scholarship Application. The conference application requires two academic letters of recommendation, a sample research paper, informal transcripts, and a copy of your student ID. Accepted students receive full tuition, a double-occupancy dorm room, transportation between Atlanta, Georgia, and Auburn, Alabama, as well as discounts on books purchased at the Institute.
Students who complete applications received by February 1, 2003, will be notified by February 3. Those who apply by March 1 will be notified by March 3, while those who apply by April 1 will be notified by April 3. Applications after April 15 will not be considered.
- Walter Block (Loyola University, New Orleans)
- David Gordon (Mises Review)
- Hans-Hermann Hoppe (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
- Jörg Guido Hülsmann (Mises Institute)
- Peter G. Klein (University of Missouri)
- Joseph T. Salerno (Pace University)
- Joseph Stromberg (Mises Institute)
- Mark Thornton (Mises Institute)
Monday June 2
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Wednesday June 4
Thursday June 5
Friday June 6
Saturday June 7
A limited number of Observer spaces are available. The price of $675 includes all meals, lectures, and student materials. The price of housing is $25 per night at the student dorm (double-occupancy), $35 per night at the student dorm (single-occupancy) and $72 per night at the Auburn University hotel. And there are many other places to stay as well. Use this Member Observer registration form. For questions and special faculty rates, email firstname.lastname@example.org.