It's here! Time to chew our way through Mises's magnum opus, "Human Action." Together, our mental jaws will devour this intellectual leather.
In our first discussion of what will ultimately be a seven part series covering the entire book, we're digging into the Introduction and PART ONE, HUMAN ACTION, covering chapters 1-7 (pgs. 1-142).
This is a dense, lengthy work-- our goal is not to cover every single nuance but to capture the essential essence of the major points, to bring them into stark relief for improved understanding and, where possible, to apply the concepts directly to current or historical events to practice our understanding.
This is a guided reading of the source material. You will get a lot out of the discussion simply by participating, but you'll get even more if you take the time to try to tackle the material on your own and come up with your own questions and insights to share. You are also HIGHLY encouraged to read the accompanying chapters from Bob Murphy's extremely accessible companion volume, the "Human Action Study Guide", linked below (if you absolutely don't have time to read the source material, or find it too overwhelming on your own, just reading Murphy's summaries and explanations by themselves is the next best alternative).
This discussion will cover the following topics:
Chapter 1, Acting Man
Chapter 2, The Epistemological Problems of the Sciences of Human Action
Chapter 3, Economics and the Revolt Against Reason
Chapter 4, A First Analysis of the Category of Action
Chapter 5, Time
Chapter 6, Uncertainty
Chapter 7, Action Within The World
Resources for this discussion:
"Human Action: The Scholar's Edition", by Ludwig von Mises [PDF] [audio book mp3-links]
"Human Action Study Guide", by Robert Murphy [PDF]