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Hayek's Social and Political Thought

Roland Kley


This book examines the work of one of the most controversial figures in recent social and political thought. Revered by some as the most important 20th century theorist of the free society, Friedrich A. Hayek has been reviled by others as a mere reactionary. The book offers a clear exposition and balanced assessment that judges Hayek's theory on its own merits. This book argues that the key to understanding Hayek lies in an appreciation of the proper link between descriptive social science and normative political theory. It probes the idea of a spontaneous order and other notions central to Ha ... More

Keywords: Friedrich A. Hayek, descriptive social science, normative political theory, spontaneous order, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roland Kley, author
University of St Gallen