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Anniversaries of Note in 2012: Books

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The following books and authors should be remembered in 2012 for having reached a significant milestone. [More on the terminology used.]

Anniversaries of the publication of important book (details below) [More about finding Books on the OLL]:

  1. the semicentennial (50th) of the publication of Ludwig von Mises, The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science: An Essay on Method (1962)
  2. the semicentennial (50th) of the publication of Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism: The Classical Tradition (1927, 1962)
  3. the centennial (100th) of the publication of Ludwig von Mises, The Theory of Money and Credit (1912)
  4. the centennial (100th) of the publication of Taxation and Anarchism: A Discussion between the Hon. Auberon Herbert and J.H. Levy (1912)
  5. the centennial (100th) of the publication of Yves Guyot, Where and Why Public Ownership has Failed (1912, 1914)
  6. the centennial (100th) of the publication of Sir Frederick Pollock, The Genius of the Common Law (1912)
  7. the sesquicentennial (150th) of the publication of the 2nd edition of the Oeuvres Complètes de Frédéric Bastiat (1862-64)
  8. the bicentennial (200th) of the publication of William Findley, Observations on “The Two Sons of Oil”, Containing a Vindication of the American Constitutions, and Defending the Blessings of Religious Liberty and Toleration (1812)
  9. the semiquincentennial (250th) of the publication of Henry Home, Lord Kames, Elements of Criticism (1762) 2 vols
  10. the semiquincentennial (250th) of the publication of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, or Education (1762)
  11. the semiseptcentennial (350th) of the publication of Pieter de la Court, The True Interest and Political Maxims of the Republic of Holland (1662)

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1. The semicentennial (50th) of the publication of Ludwig von Mises, The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science: An Essay on Method (1962)

1359_TP.jpg Written toward the end of Mises’s life, his last monograph, The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science, returned to economics as a science based on human action. Mises believed that, since the publication of Human Action, economists and scientists alike had misinterpreted the idea of economics as a science by deeming it epistemological positivism—that they believed that the “science” basis was still more rooted in philosophy than in actual science. In this volume, Mises argued that economics is a science because human action is a natural order of life and that it is the actions of humans that determine markets and capital decisions. Since Mises believed these links could be proven scientifically, he concluded that economics, with its basis on that human action, is indeed a science in its own right and not an ideology or a metaphysical doctrine.
View the book: /title/1820

 

2. The semicentennial (50th) of the publication of Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism: The Classical Tradition (1927, 1962)

0842_TP.jpg The great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises provides a concise and tightly-argued one volume defense of classical liberalism, focusing on the core concepts of private property, limited government, peace, and the free market.
View the book: /title/1463

 

3. The centennial (100th) of the publication of Ludwig von Mises, The Theory of Money and Credit (1912)

0070_TP.jpg In 1912, when Mises, at age thirty-one, wrote this landmark book, no monetary theory could be described as both securely founded on economic reality and properly incorporated into an analysis of the entire economic system. The Theory of Money and Credit opened new vistas. It integrated monetary theory into the main body of economic analysis for the first time, providing fresh new insights into the nature of money and its role in the economy. As the well-known “Austrian” economist Rothbard writes in his new foreword: “This book performed the mighty feat of integrating monetary with micro theory, of building monetary theory upon the individualistic foundations of general economic analysis.”
View the book: /title/1061

 

4. The centennial (100th) of the publication of Taxation and Anarchism: A Discussion between the Hon. Auberon Herbert and J.H. Levy (1912)

1512_TP.jpg A discussion between two radical individualists under the auspices of the Personal Rights Association. The exchange took place over many years and this booklet appeared after the death of one (Herbert in 1906) and one year before the death of the other (Levy in 1913). The topic was “voluntary taxation” (Herbert’s position) and whether or not the adoption of any form of taxation would lead to “socialism”.
View the book: /title/2257

 

5. The centennial (100th) of the publication of Yves Guyot, Where and Why Public Ownership has Failed (1912, 1914)

0218_TP.jpg One of several books Guyot wrote attacking socialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this volume, drawing upon his experience as the French Minister for Public Works, Guyot discusses the differences between public and private trading, with reference to railways, trams, public housing, and various government monopolies, and examines the negative financial, administrative, political, and social consequeces, such as disorder, corruption, and waste.
View the book: /title/326

 

6. The centennial (100th) of the publication of Sir Frederick Pollock, The Genius of the Common Law (1912)

1381_TP.jpg The Carpentier Lectures delivered at Columbia University in 1911. They are an introduction to the history and ideas behind the English Common Law.
View the book: /title/1954

 

7. The sesquicentennial (150th) of the publication of the 2nd edition of the Oeuvres Complètes de Frédéric Bastiat (1862-64)

0137-01_TP.jpg The first edition of the works of Frédéric Biastat was edited by his friend and executor Prosper Paillottet with a biographical essay by Roger de Fontenay in 1854-55 in 6 volumes. The second edition appeared in 1862-64 with the addition of a new 7th volume of recently found letters, book reviews, and unpublished essays.
View the book: /title/1776

 

8. The bicentennial (200th) of the publication of William Findley, Observations on “The Two Sons of Oil”, Containing a Vindication of the American Constitutions, and Defending the Blessings of Religious Liberty and Toleration (1812)

4127_TP.jpg Observations on “The Two Sons of Oil” was written in 1811 in response to the Reverend Samuel B. Wylie’s work, The Two Sons of Oil, which was published in 1803. In this work of radical Presbyterian theology, Wylie pointed out what he considered to be deficiencies in the constitutions of both Pennsylvania and the United States and declared them to be immoral. Findley’s response to Wylie’s criticisms in Observations showed that it was neither the purpose nor the design of the United States government to have a federal religion and a federal creed. In a broader sense the book is also a passionate defense of a civil government guided by moral principles that allow for essential freedoms. Findley’s defense of religious liberty and the American constitutions affords a grand window through which to view early American understanding about the relationship between politics and faith and why it is essential for both liberty and piety to resist any attempt to unite government and Church. 
View the book: /title/2062

 

9. The semiquincentennial (250th) of the publication of Henry Home, Lord Kames, Elements of Criticism (1762) 2 vols

1252-01_TP.jpg A two volume work on the “science of criticism” by one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. Kames argues that criticism of art and literature is a rational science as well as a matter of taste. In volume 1 he explores the nature and causes of the emotions and passions. In volume 2 he explores the principles of rhetoric and literary appreciation, and discusses the formation of our standards of taste.
View the book: /title/1860

 

10. The semiquincentennial (250th) of the publication of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, or Education (1762)

1499_TP.jpg Rousseau’s classic work on the philosophy and practice of education. Emile’s tutor attempts to show how a young person can be brought up to fulfill their innate natural goodness in a corrupt society. 
View the book: /title/2256

 

11. The semiseptcentennial (350th) of the publication of Pieter de la Court, The True Interest and Political Maxims of the Republic of Holland (1662)

0428_TP.jpg A strong defence of the benefits of free trade and an open and tolerant society in which economic, social and religious liberties go hand in hand to make a vibrant society like late 17th century Holland. The book angered some clerics when it appeared but it nevertheless became of best seller. 
View the book: /title/85.

 

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