The Political Sociology of Freedom: Adam Ferguson and F.A. Hayek (New Thinking in Political Economy Series)

The Political Sociology of Freedom: Adam Ferguson and F.A. Hayek (New Thinking in Political Economy Series)

By: Ronald Hamowy (author)Hardback

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Adam Ferguson and Friedrich Hayek, separated by a period of almost two hundred years, made original but similar contributions to the field of theoretical sociology. In this collection of essays, Ronald Hamowy explores the life and work of these two thinkers, giving special emphasis to their insights into the diffusion of knowledge. Ferguson, a giant of the Scottish Enlightenment, can be credited with laying the foundations of theoretical history by first proposing the idea that social institutions undergo evolutionary change. He theorized that while these institutions are formed by the actions of human beings, they are not the product of human design. Less than two centuries later, Hayek extended this insight to dealing with economic and social interaction, arguing that the knowledge requisite for structuring the social institutions under which we live is far too complex to be comprehended by any one mind or group of thinkers, and that these institutions had in fact evolved over long periods of time without deliberate design. Hayek was also the first to introduce the notion that market processes are a function of all participants contributing the limited knowledge that each possesses, out of which an orderly arrangement of enormous complexity emerges. Scholars and students of sociology, economics, history and political theory will find The Political Sociology of Freedom a unique and provocative read.

About Author

The late Ronald Hamowy, formerly Professor Emeritus of History, University of Alberta, Canada, Affiliate Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Fellow, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, US


Contents: Foreword Introduction 1. Progress and Commerce in Anglo-American Thought: The Social Philosophy of Adam Ferguson 2. Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, and the Division of Labour 3. The Scottish Enlightenment and the Theory of Spontaneous Order Appendix: Works by the Scottish Writers Discussed in this Essay 4. Two Whig Views of the American Revolution: Adam Ferguson's Response to Richard Price 5. F.A. Hayek on the Occasion of the Centenary of his Birth 6. Book Reviews: Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue 7. A Note on Hayek and Anti-Semitism 8. Freedom and the Rule of Law in F.A. Hayek 9. The Hayekian Model of Government in an Open Society 10. F.A. Hayek and the Common Law Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781845421083
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781845421083
  • ISBN10: 1845421086

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