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Not available since the 1980s, this up-dated edition by the leading political philosopher, John Gray, outlines his new position on Hayek. In a substantial new chapter, Gray assesses how far the historical development of the last ten years can be deployed in a critique of Hayek's thought. His reassessment is not only a provoking study of a classical philosopher. It is also a timely contribution to the debate over the future of conservatism, as Gray argues that Hayekian liberalism - 'the most well-articulated political theory of the new right' - is flawed.

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Editorial Reviews

Examines the structure and impact of liberal philosopher Friedrich August von Hayek's thought, including an assessment of his position within Western philosophy. This edition (previous editions 1984, 1986) includes a substantial postscript critiquing Hayek's thought in light of the last ten years, including an evaluation of his influence on the New Right. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415173155
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/5/1998
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gray
John Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Straw Dogs and Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics.
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Table of Contents

Note to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition and Acknowledgments
1 Hayek's System of Ideas: Its Origins and Scope 1
The unity of Hayek's system of ideas and its philosophical character 1
Hayek's general philosophy: the Kantian heritage 4
Four influences on Hayek's sceptical Kantianism: Mach, Popper, Wittgenstein and Polanyi 8
Hayek's relations with the Austrian School of Economics and his account of the methodology of social science 16
Hayek on knowledge and the mind: implications for social theory 21
2 The Idea of a Spontaneous Social Order 27
Spontaneous order versus the constructivist fallacy 27
The central conception of spontaneous order and its applications to physical and social phenomena 31
The application of spontaneous order in economic life: the catallaxy 34
Cultural evolution and the natural selection of traditions 41
3 The Law of Liberty 56
The origins and nature of law 56
Individual liberty under the rule of law 61
The rule of law and the myth of social justice 71
The juridical framework of spontaneous social order 76
4 Economic Theory and Public Policy 79
Social science and public policy 79
Neoclassical equilibrium, the theory of capital and the character of the business cycle 83
Hayek versus Keynes and Friedman on the role of money in the real economy 88
Shackle's critique of Hayek 92
5 Some Contrasts and Comparisons 95
J. S. Mill 95
Herbert Spencer 103
Karl Popper 110
6 Assessment and Criticism 116
The unity of Hayek's system of ideas 116
The status and content of the idea of spontaneous order in society 118
Hayek's constitution of liberty: some criticisms assessed 125
Conservatism and radicalism in Hayek's social philosophy 129
The Hayekian research programme and the prospects of social philosophy 134
Hayek's thought and the future of political philosophy 140
Postscript: Hayek and the dissolution of classical liberalism 146
Biographical Note on Hayek 162
Bibliographical Note on Recent Studies of Hayek 164
Notes 165
Index 182
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    Brilliant synthesis

    Classical Liberalism lost a good mind when John Gray turned conservative. The great thing about Gray's analysis- both for those familiar Hayek and those seeking introduction- is that it ties together an extraordinarily interdisciplinary body of thought. Most books will focus on either Hayek's economic contributions, or his political philosophy. Gray treats these, as well as Hayek's lesser known work in cognitive psychology and scientific methodology, displaying the organic unity of Hayek's thought. Excellent stuff.

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