1st Edition

Hayek and Natural Law

By Erik Angner Copyright 2007
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    Providing a radical new reading of Hayek's life and work, this new book, by an important Hayekian scholar, dispels many of the mysteries surrounding one of the most prominent economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century.

    Angner argues that Hayek's work should be seen as continuous with the Natural Law tradition, going on to analyze the response to his work and explain why some have found his ideas so attractive and why others have found them so unpersuasive. The book develops novel accounts of his thought on:

    • spontaneous order
    • information and coordination
    • cultural evolution.

    This fresh and incisive analysis is the perfect introduction to Hayek's thought for academics involved with philosophical economics and the history of economic ideas as well as for scholars of all levels seeking a new interpretation or deeper understanding of the origins of his work.


    Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Hayek and the Distinguishing Idea of Natural Law. 3. Hayek's Natural Law Heritage. 4. Hayek on Information and Coordination. 5. Hayek on Cultural Evolution. 6. Hayek's Transformation. 7. Concluding Remarks. Bibliography


    Erik Angner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Economics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds two seperate Ph. Ds from the University of Pittsburgh, one in Economics and one in History and Philosophy of Science and has published widely on a variety of topics in history, philosophy and methodology of economics.