Hayek : the evolutionary and the evolutionist
Title: Hayek : the evolutionary and the evolutionist
Author: LESSA KERSTENETZKY, Celia
Citation: Rationality and society, 2000, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 163-184
ISSN: 1043-4631; 1461-7358
Friedrich A. Hayek's critique of rationalism is often deemed inevitably to lead to conservative conclusions regarding designed change in the social world. Indeed, Hayek produced plenty of arguments to discourage state intervention. After spelling out the main elements of his cognitive view of society with its typical stress on the limited role of reason, I elaborate on his multiple argumentative strategy against intervention to argue that the convincing premises of Hayek's thought, his social epistemology, in particular, (i) have no necessary connection with his normative and political convictions and (ii) are, in fact, at odds with the conclusions, leading to challenging these convictions.
First published online: 01 May 2000
Earlier different version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/5188
Version: The article is a revised version of the author’s EUI PhD thesis, 1998
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