So I’m listening to the audio book of Human Action that I downloaded for free from the Mises Institute’s iTunes University page and came to the realization that I’m dumb.
Therefore, if I have trouble understanding big words, it stands to reason you will be completely lost in a fog of mental retardation if you attempted to read (listen) to his work.
Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to list big words Mises likes to use here and explain them to you.
Ratiocination – the process of reasoning, a reasoned train of thought. (he loves this word)
Temporal – pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this world, or pertaining to time.
Praxiological · praxiology – the study of human conduct (human action).
Concatenation – To connect or link in a series or chain.
Explode – (LOL he uses this constantly, I love it) To show to be false or unreliable.
Apodictic – Necessarily or demonstrably true; incontrovertible.
Aprioristic – belief in, or reliance upon, a priori reasoning, arguments, or principles.
A Priori – argument is one of which “you can see that it is true just lying on your couch. You don’t have to get up off your couch and go outside and examine the way things are in the physical world. You don’t have to do any science.”
Empirical – provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.
Esoteric – understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest.
Equivocate · Equivocations – To avoid making an explicit statement.
Opprobrium – public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong.
Inductive reasoning – Induction is used to ascribe properties or relations to types based on an observation instance (i.e., on a number of observations or experiences); All ice I have ever touched has been cold.
Abortive – imperfectly formed or developed; tending to cut short.
Tautology · Tautological – Needless repetition; Logic An empty or vacuous statement composed of simpler statements in a fashion that makes it logically true whether the simpler statements are factually true or false; for example, the statement Either it will rain tomorrow or it will not rain tomorrow.
Vicissitude – changes; a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
Actuary · Actuarial – statistician: someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data.
Superfluous – being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
For a complete list of Mises arcane vocabulary definitions, look here.