1st Edition

Hayek's Liberalism and Its Origins His Idea of Spontaneous Order and the Scottish Enlightenment

By Christina Petsoulas Copyright 2001
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    By exploring the writings of Mandeville, Hume and Smith, this book offers a critique of Hayek's theory of cultural evolution and explores the roots of his powerful defence of liberalism.
    This book is an original contribution to the debate, and vital reading for researchers in politics, political theory, and economics.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 F.A. Hayek's theory of spontaneous order; Chapter 2 Spontaneous order and the limits of reason; Chapter 3 Mandeville's paradox ‘private vices, public benefits’; Chapter 4 Artifice and order in Hume; Chapter 5 Adam Smith: sympathy, ‘invisible hand’ and the ‘man of public spirit’; Bibliography; Conclusion; Index;


    Christina Petsoulas is Associate Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford.