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The Sensory Order and Other Writings on the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology

Edited and with a Foreword by Viktor J. Vanberg
F. A. Hayek (1899–1992) was one of the leading voices in economic and social theory, but he also wrote on theoretical psychology, including in the landmark book The Sensory Order. Although The Sensory Order was not widely engaged with by either psychologists or social scientists at the time of publication, it is seen today as essential for fully understanding Hayek’s more well-known work.

The latest addition to the University of Chicago Press’s Collected Works of F. A. Hayek series, The Sensory Order and Other Writings on the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology pairs the book, originally published in 1952, with additional essays related to The Sensory Order’s key themes, including a student paper from 1920 in which Hayek outlined the basic ideas he fully developed in the 1952 book. Rounding out the volume is an insightful introduction by editor Viktor Vanberg that sketches out the central problems Hayek was grappling with when he wrote The Sensory Order and the influential role this early thinking on theoretical psychology would play over the next six decades of his career. The book also features ample footnotes and citations for further reading, making this an essential contribution to the series.

Table of Contents

Editorial Foreword
The “Knowledge Problem” as the Integrating Theme of F. A. Hayek’s Oeuvre: An Introduction to The Sensory Order
The Sensory Order
Table of Contents
Text to The Sensory Order
Contributions to a Theory of How Consciousness Develops
What Is Mind?
Within Systems and About Systems: A Statement of Some Problems of a Theory of Communication
The Sensory Order after 25 Years

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