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Friedrich A. von Hayek on Liberalism - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 101
Liberalism/Hayek/Gaus: According to F. A. Hayek, the flaw at the heart of such liberalisms is their faith in the ability of reason to understand and control complex social processes. It is, insists Hayek, ‘our ignorance’ that makes social rules necessary (1976(1): 20). Karl Popper (1945)(2) made a similar charge against Plato, Hegel and Marx, namely that they failed to appreciate the limits of knowledge. Hayek and Popper, then, represent the other strain of liberal epistemology: an insistence that reason is limited, and our basic position is one of ignorance. >Liberalism/Gaus.


1. Hayek, F. A. (1976) The Mirage of Social Justice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2. Popper, Karl (1945) The Open Society and Its Enemies. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „The Diversity of Comprehensive Liberalisms.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.


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Hayek I
Friedrich A. Hayek
The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2) Chicago 2007

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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