The Organic Understanding of Social Phenomena – Part II:

The Theoretical Understanding of Those Social Phenomena Which Are Not a Product of Agreement or of Positive Legislation, but Are Unintended Results of Historical Development

  • Carl Menger
Keywords: Social phenomena, Natural organisms and their limits, Methodology of social research, Unintended results


The author looks at the phenomena of society from the point of view of their organic understanding, from an analogy between these phenomena and the natural organisms, and from the existence of limits to the identification of one with the other. In this part, the author deals specifically with social phenomena that do not result from convention or positive law, but instead from unintended results of historical development.


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Menger C. The Organic Understanding of Social Phenomena – Part II:. MisesJournal [Internet]. 2015Dec.1 [cited 2020Jan.23];3(2):523-36. Available from:
Society, Legislation and Politics