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Hayek and Natural Law

1st Edition

By Erik Angner


144 pages

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Paperback: 9780415547826
pub: 2009-07-30
Hardback: 9780415397155
pub: 2007-04-05

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions