1st Edition

Hayek's Political Theory, Epistemology, and Economics

Edited By Jeffrey Friedman Copyright 2015
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Hayek thought that all economic behavior (and by implication other human behavior) is based on fallible interpretations of what information is important and of its implications for the future. This epistemological idea animated not only his heterodox economic thought, but his ideal of the rule of law; his road-to-serfdom thesis; and his critique of the notion of social justice. However, the epistemological idea is a protean one that Hayek did not always handle carefully. This volume presents one of the most sophisticated critical reflections on Hayek ever assembled between two covers.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Review.

    1. Hayek’s Two Epistemologies and the Paradoxes of His Thought Jeffrey Friedman

    2. The Failed Appropriation of F. A. Hayek by Formalist Economics Peter J. Boettke And Kyle W. O’Donnell

    3. Hayek and Liberty Andrew Gamble

    4. The Road to Serfdom’s Economistic Worldview François Godard

    5. Hayek, Social Theory, and the Contrastive Explanation of Socio-Economic Order Paul Lewis

    6. The ‘‘Mirage’’ of Social Justice: Hayek Against (and For) Rawls Andrew Lister

    7. The Planners and the Planned Alan Ryan

    8. Some Implications of Hayek’s Cognitive Theory Michael Strong

    9. Hayek, Equilibrium, and the Role of Institutions in Economic Order Karen I. Vaughn

    10. Hayek’s Business-Cycle Theory: Half Right Daniel Kuehn


    Jeffrey Friedman, a visiting scholar in the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, USA, received an MA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, USA. He is the editor of Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society.