Hayek: Postatomic Liberal

Cowen, Nick (2020) Hayek: Postatomic Liberal. In: Critics of Enlightenment Rationalism. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Hayek's anti-rationalism is founded upon a revival of Scottish Enlightenment scepticism combined with a compelling account of psychology that rejects a correspondence between our categories that impose order on experience and an external reality. Despite the resulting austere epistemic standpoint, Hayek argues humans can harness their capacity for pattern recognition to generate and sustain cooperative social orders through non-rational processes of trial and error. Institutions that allow this cooperative order to persist include centrally private property, voluntary contract and the rule of law. Hayek's politics is less reliant on fundamental normative claims than those based on utopian ideals and is compatible with a cosmopolitan order made up of people with varied conceptions of morality.

Keywords:Hayek, epistemic institutionalism, sensory order, liberalism, Austrian economics, market process, rule of law
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V540 Social Philosophy
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V550 Philosophy of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V520 Moral Philosophy
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:38240
Deposited On:01 Nov 2019 14:54

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