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New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and the History of Ideas

Following on F. A. Hayek's previous work Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (1967), New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas collects some of Hayek's most notable essays and lectures dealing with problems of philosophy, politics and economics, with many of the essays falling into more than one of these categories. Expanding upon the previous volume the present work also includes a fourth part collecting a series of Hayek's writings under the heading 'History of Ideas.'

Of the articles contained in this volume the lectures on 'The Errors of Constructivism' (chapter 1) and 'Competition as a Discovery Procedure' (chapter 12) have been published before only in German, while the article on 'Liberalism' (chapter 9) was written in English to be published in an Italian translation in the Enciclopedia del Novicento by the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana at Rome.

322 pages | © 1978

Economics and Business: Economics--General Theory and Principles

Political Science: Political and Social Theory

Table of Contents


Part One


Chapter 1 The Errors of Constructivism
Chapter 2 The Pretence of Knowledge
Chapter 3 The Primacy of the Abstract
Chapter 4 Two Types of Mind
Chapter 5 The Atavism of Social Justice

Part Two


Chapter 6 The Confusion of Language in Political Thought
Chapter 7 The Constitution of a Liberal State
Chapter 8 Economic Freedom and Representative Government
Chapter 9 Liberalism
Chapter 10 Whither Democracy?

Part Three


Chapter 11 Three Elucidations of the Ricardo Effect
Chapter 12 Competition as a Discovery Procedure
Chapter 13 The Campaign Against Keynesian Inflation

1 Inflation's path to unemployment
2 Inflation, the misdirection of labour, and unemployment
3 Further considerations on the same topic
4 Choice in currency: a way to stop inflation

Chapter 14 The New Confusion About 'Planning'

Part Four


Chapter 15 Dr Bernard Mandeville
Chapter 16 Adam Smith's Message in Today's Language
Chapter 17 The Place of Menger's Grundsdtze in the History of Economic Thought
Chapter 18 Personal Recollections of Keynes and the 'Keynesian Revolution'
Chapter 19 Nature v. Nurture Once Again
Chapter 20 Socialism and Science


Name Index

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