author={Harro Maas},
  journal={Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  pages={500 - 517}
  • H. Maas
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Economics
  • Journal of the History of Economic Thought
In the preface to the second edition of his famous Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science, Lionel Robbins briefly responded to a lengthy attack from Professor Souter of Columbia University on his alleged ‘‘positivism’’ (Souter 1933). The response was a polite but determined reference to Max Weber’s well-known distinction between positive and normative judgments: ‘‘So far as this part of his case is concerned Professor Souter must demolish, not me, but Max Weber: and I think… 
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