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Hayek: A Collaborative Biography

Part XIV: Liberalism in the Classical Tradition: Orwell, Popper, Humboldt and Polanyi

Editors: Leeson, Robert (Ed.)

  • A fresh look at the life and works of Hayek
  • Extensive use of archival material
  • An in-depth look on how economic theory is conceived
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This latest volume in the Collaborative Biography of Hayek examines the interconnectedness between Hayek’s (1944) The Road to Serfdom and George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949); his relationship with Karl Popper and Karl Polanyi; and the work of Wilhelm von Humboldt. Mises had a ‘deep emotional attachment’ to the ‘free’ market and Hayek believed that ‘science’ was driven by shallow emotions.
Hayek believed in ‘democracy as a system of peaceful change of government; but that’s all its whole advantage is, no other.’ He felt democracy simply made it possible to get rid of the government ‘we’ dislike. Hayek bemoaned the decay of superstition — the ‘supporting moral beliefs’ – that are required to maintain ‘our’ civilization. Yet his Road to Serfdom neglected ‘another road to serfdom’ – the possibility that there were multiple threats to individual freedom – not just State power. In contrast, many other scholars and public intellectual warned of the dangers of the concentration of power in institutions other than the State. Today those fears have materialized in the guise of wealthy mega-corporations and billionaires whose influence on government, on elections, on popular culture and on the dominant ideology, have been able to change the rules of the market in their favour – so that ‘we’ have now become trapped in a new kind of serfdom. With contributions from a range of highly regarded scholars, this volume continues the Biography’s rich exploration of Hayek’s work and beliefs.

About the authors

Robert Leeson has been Visiting Professor of Economics at Stanford University, USA since 2005, National Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution since 1995 and Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Australia University since 2008. He has published numerous articles in journals including The Economic Journal and Economics and History of Political Economy. In addition to writing and editing twenty books, he is the co-editor (with Charles Palm) of The Collected Writings of Milton Friedman. He has held further visiting positions at Cambridge University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University and the University of Western Ontario.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • ‘Property’ + ‘Aristocratic Dignity’ = ‘Scientific Glory’

    Leeson, Robert

    Pages 1-48

  • The ‘Free’ Market Use of (Ideological) ‘Knowledge’ in Society

    Leeson, Robert

    Pages 49-104

  • Hayek and Humboldt on Freedom and the Role of the State

    Filip, Birsen

    Pages 105-152

  • Hayek, Orwell, and the Road to Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    Farrant, Andrew (et al.)

    Pages 153-173

  • Hayek and Popper’s Enchanting Personal and Professional Relationship

    Filip, Birsen

    Pages 175-200

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hayek: A Collaborative Biography
Book Subtitle
Part XIV: Liberalism in the Classical Tradition: Orwell, Popper, Humboldt and Polanyi
Editors
  • Robert Leeson
Series Title
Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94412-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94412-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94411-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 396
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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