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Review of Hayek's Political Economy: The Socio-Economics of Order, by Steve Fleetwood

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07/30/2014David Gordon

 

Volume 6, No. 2 (Summer 2003)

 

Did Hayek learn nothing from Mises? Why assume that he retained his positivist views once he began seriously to study economics? Fleetwood might counter that I have begged the question against him. Have I not assumed that Hayek adopted the sum and substance of Mises’s views? The objection has merit, so I retreat to a weaker view. If Fleetwood dissents from the picture of Hayek’s praxeological approach here sketched, must he not at least consider it? Our author, instead of looking at authors whom Hayek read, imposes a philosophical scheme derived from his own favorites, Bhaskar and Lawson.  The deep dimension of structure that beguiles our author was present in Hayek’s work long before 1960.

 

 

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Gordon, David. Review of Hayek's Political Economy: The Socio-Economics of Order by Steve Fleetwood. The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 6, No. 2 (Summer 2003): 99–101.

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