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The unexpected fertility of Hayek's cognitive theory: An introduction to The social science of Hayek's “The sensory order”

The Social Science of Hayek's ‘The Sensory Order’

ISBN: 978-1-84950-974-9, eISBN: 978-1-84950-975-6

ISSN: 1529-2134

Publication date: 22 February 2010

Abstract

Purpose – Overview of Hayek's cognitive theory and the contributions of chapters.

Methodology/approach – Perspective on significance of Hayek's cognitive theory for the social sciences.

Findings – Hayek's cognitive theory provides insight into his oeuvre; more importantly, it is relevant for social theory in its own right.

Research limitations/implications – Hayek's cognitive theory warrants further attention by economists and social theorists interested in evolutionary social processes.

Originality/value of paper – To counter a widespread view that the contribution to economics and social science of Hayek's cognitive theory is largely confined to methodology. Hayek's cognitive theory also provides a useful framework for furthering the understanding of evolution within the social realm.

Citation

Butos, W.N. (2010), "The unexpected fertility of Hayek's cognitive theory: An introduction to The social science of Hayek's “The sensory order”", Butos, W.N. (Ed.) The Social Science of Hayek's ‘The Sensory Order’ (Advances in Austrian Economics, Vol. 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-2134(2010)0000013003

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