Karl menger’s unfinished biography of his father: New insights into carl menger’s life through 1889

Reinhard Schumacher, Scott Scheall

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Abstract

During the last years of his life, the mathematician Karl Menger worked on a biography of his father, the economist and founder of the Austrian School of Economics, Carl Menger. The younger Menger never finished the work. While working in the Menger collections at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, we discovered draft chapters of the biography, a valuable source of information given that relatively little is known about Carl Menger’s life nearly a hundred years after his death. The unfinished biography covers Carl Menger’s family background and his life through early 1889. In this chapter, the authors discuss the biography and the most valuable new insights it provides into Carl Menger’s life, including Carl Menger’s family, his childhood, his student years, his time working as a journalist and newspaper editor, his early scientific career, and his relationship with Crown Prince Rudolf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Pages155-189
Number of pages35
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameResearch in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
Volume38B
ISSN (Print)0743-4154

Keywords

  • Anton Menger
  • Austrian Economics
  • Carl Menger
  • Crown Prince Rudolf
  • Karl Menger
  • Liberalism in Austria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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    Schumacher, R., & Scheall, S. (2020). Karl menger’s unfinished biography of his father: New insights into carl menger’s life through 1889. In Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology (pp. 155-189). (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology; Vol. 38B). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-41542020000038B009