Debate:Anarcho-capitalism and positivism

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I have noticed that many anarcho-capitalists have a hardcore positivist vision of social phenomena, believing in a kind of hyperrationalism. An example of this is the enthusiasm that many of these people manifest towards evolutionary psychology or sociobiology, amen of taking literally any postulate of neoclassical economics. I find that this attitude is profoundly contradictory to the position of classical libertarian philosophers, such as Hayek or Polanyi, who were radically antipositivist and, in a way, irrationalist. Many references put Hayek as a constructivist, in fact.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

The only views I've seen from them were also anti-positivist. In fact they seemed to condemn other economic theories based on their alleged positivism, as I believe Hayek did.Mcc1789 (talk) 09:09, 23 December 2018 (UTC)