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Why hayek is a Darwinian (after all)? Hayek and Darwin on social evolution

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Marciano, Alain

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Abstract This article proposes to reassess Hayek's theory of cultural evolution in the light of Darwin's Descent of Man. It is shown that Hayek and Darwin refers to the same theory of human nature, which is borrowed from the founding fathers of political economy, Hume and Smith. Their respective conceptions of order, as well as the mechanisms and the product of evolution, are then the consequence of this theory of human nature.
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Economics
Free Keywords Cultural evolution; Biological evolution; Darwin; Descent of man; Hayek
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 52-61
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 71 (2009) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)