Rowman and Littlefield International

Exploring the Political Economy and Social Philosophy of F. A. Hayek

Edited by Peter J. Boettke, Jayme Lemke, and Virgil Henry Storr

6 Reviews

This volume critically explore and extend Hayek’s Nobel Prize-winning work on knowledge and social interconnectedness.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786605634 Release date: Aug 2018
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Paperback ISBN: 9781786605641 Release date: Aug 2018
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Ebook ISBN: 9781786605658 Release date: Aug 2018
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Series: Economy, Polity, and Society

Pages: 288


This volume critically explore and extend Hayek’s Nobel Prize-winning work on knowledge and social interconnectedness from the disciplines of law, economics, philosophy, anthropology, political science, and history. Hayek’s insights about knowledge become even more important once it is recognized that nothing in the social world occurs in isolation. There is no such thing as a distinct economic, political, or social sphere—they are inextricably intertwined.

Given the range of both Hayek’s work and the contributing authors’ perspectives, the range of topics covered in this volume is extraordinarily wide, running the gamut from immigration, to white supremacy, to ancient agricultural practices, to the nature of what it means to be free.

Introduction, Peter J. Boettke, Jayme S. Lemke, Virgil Henry Storr, Part I – Epistemic Limitations / 1. The Disciplinary Role of Market Prices: A Hayekian Critique of Chinese Socialist / Governance, Adam Frost / 2. Justice Theorizing and Local Knowledge, Gregory Robson / 3. The Silent Role of Emotions in Hayekian Political Economy, Brianne Wolf / 4. Justificatory Failures and Moral Entrepreneurs: a Hayekian Theory of Public Reason, Brian Kogelmann / Part II – Political and Legal Rights / 5. The Case for Opening Borders: A Hayekian Critique of Discretionary Immigration Controls, Liz Hemsley / 6. A Liberal Response to Group Rights, Samantha Godwin / 7. The Social Basis of Ultimate Legal Rules: Hayek Meets Hart, Mikołaj Barczentewicz / 8. F.A. Hayek and the Administrative State, Daniel Gibbs / Part III – Spontaneous Order / 9. Explaining Culture in Hayek’s Cultural Evolution, Matthew Martinez / 10. A Hayekian Perspective on the Domestication of Maize, Crystal A. Dozier / 11. Bad Spontaneous Orders: Trust, Ignorance, and White Supremacy, Caleb Harrison

Peter J. Boettke is Professor at George Mason University.

Jayme Lemke is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of Academic and Student
Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow in the F.A. Hayek
Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Virgil Storr is Research Associate Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow, F.A. Hayek Program for
Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics & Economics, George Mason University.

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6 Reviews

Edited by three major contributors to the modern literatures of public choice and Austrian economics, Exploring the Political Economy and Social Philosophy of F. A. Hayek comprises a wide-ranging set of essays applying classical liberal thinking across the social sciences, from immigration to rights claims, presenting ideas that are indispensable in today’s world of closed minds and closing borders.

William F. Shughart II, J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice, Utah State University

Friedrich Hayek was one of the most insightful social scientists of the twentieth century. This volume shows the continuing relevance of Hayek’s ideas by using them as a foundation for exploring a variety of topics from a Hayekian perspective. These essays provide readers with an increased appreciation for Hayek’s intellectual contributions and insight into a variety of economic, legal and social institutions.

Randall G. Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics, Florida State University

This diverse and insightful collection represents the very best of contemporary Hayekian scholarship. The breadth of research is astounding and provides a fitting testimony to the multidisciplinary relevance of Hayek's career. Anyone in the social sciences and humanities will find insights and incitement for future work exploring how individuals engage with emergent orders to coordinate their activities.

Anthony J. Evans, ESCP Europe Business School

Hayek warned that “the economist who is only an economist is likely to become a nuisance if not a positive danger.” That sentiment animates this excellent collection of essays by emerging scholars applying, analyzing, and refining Hayekian ideas from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. There is something here for every scholar in social science, history, and political philosophy.

Adam Martin, Political Economy Research Fellow, Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University

Offers an insightful set of highly readable essays applying and extending Hayek's thought to history, politics, law, political philosophy, and even food anthropology. This edited volume offers a fascinating read with lots of interesting examples to anyone working in the Austrian tradition and beyond.

Diana W. Thomas, Associate Professor of Economics, Creighton University

[The book] is an ambitious project that showcases the work of a group of young scholars who creatively apply Hayek’s thinking about knowledge, law, and spontaneous order to political and social problems in ways that he had never imagined.


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