Darwinian Paradigm, Cultural Evolution and Human Purposes: On F.A. Hayek’s Evolutionary View of the Market
AbstractThe claim that the Darwinian paradigm of blind-variation-and-selective-retention can be generalized from the biological to the socio-cultural realm has often been questioned because of the critical role played by human purposeful design in the process of cultural evolution. In light of the issue of how human purposes and evolutionary forces interact in socio-economic processes the paper examines F.A. Hayek's arguments on the "extended order of the market," in particular the tension that exists between his rational liberal and his agnostic evolutionary perspective.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Papers on Economics and Evolution with number 2011-19.
Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2011
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- NEP-ALL-2012-01-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-EVO-2012-01-03 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-HME-2012-01-03 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
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