Liberalism, Conservatism, and Hayek’s Idea of Spontaneous Order Spontaneous order and the limits of reason and traditionhunt and Mcnamara's

A Research Annual

ISBN: 978-0-85724-059-0, eISBN: 978-0-85724-060-6

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 25 June 2010

Abstract

Over the past decade or two, the Hayek Studies industry has been in a period of significant growth. A whole variety of books about Hayek, both his life and his thought, have appeared, with each trying to differentiate its product sufficiently to make a mark on both scholarship and sales. Into this fairly crowded marketplace comes a volume edited by two political scientists, neither of whom is known for contributions to the Hayek literature. The volume grew out of a lecture series at Utah State University, and the group of scholars that they assembled is notable as well for not being a cast of the “usual Hayekian suspects,” nor exclusively economists. In fact, there is only one economist contributing to the volume, with a couple of philosophers and one historian, and the rest being political scientists. In addition, all the essays address the concept of “spontaneous order,” which is central to Hayek's intellectual framework. More specifically, each essay approaches that topic in light of its relationship to “liberalism” and “conservatism.” The result is a largely excellent set of papers that offer critical and constructive explorations of the idea of spontaneous order and its place in Hayek's thought and in understanding the social world.

Citation

Horwitz, S. (2010), " Liberalism, Conservatism, and Hayek’s Idea of Spontaneous Order Spontaneous order and the limits of reason and traditionhunt and Mcnamara's", Biddle, J.E. and Emmett, R.B. (Ed.) A Research Annual (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 28 Part 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 339-347. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-4154(2010)000028A016

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