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Erwin Dekker receives prize ‘Best book in Austrian Economics’

Portrait Erwin Dekker (Square)

Postdoctoral researcher Erwin Dekker has received the prize "Best book in Austrian Economics", by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics for his book "The Viennese Students of Civilization: The Meaning and Context of Austrian Economics Reconsidered".

About the book

In his book ‘The Viennese Students of Civilization: The Meaning and Context of Austrian Economics Reconsidered’ Dekker argues that the work of the Austrian economists, including Carl Menger, Joseph Schumpeter, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, has been too narrowly interpreted. Through a study of Viennese politics and culture, it demonstrates that the project they were engaged in was much broader: the study and defense of a liberal civilization. Erwin Dekker shows the importance of the civilization in their work and how they conceptualized their own responsibilities toward that civilization, which was attacked left and right during the interwar period. Dekker argues that what differentiates their position is that they thought of themselves primarily as students of that civilization rather than as social scientists, or engineers. This unique focus and approach is related to the Viennese setting of the circles, which constitute the heart of Viennese intellectual life in the interwar period.

About Erwin Dekker

Erwin Dekker is Assistant Professor in cultural economics at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus Institute of Philosophy and Economics of the Faculty of Philosophy. He holds an MSc degree from the London School of Economics in the 'Philosophy of the Social Sciences' and a Bachelor degree in both 'Economics' and 'Political Science' from the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include cultural economics, the history of economics and the social processes of science.

More information

For more information, please contact Evaline Bender, Communications Officer at the Faculty of Philosophy: bender@fwb.eur.nl, +31 010 4088980.