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Hayek’s theory of social evolution in the light of Darwin’s Descent of Man

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  • Alain Marciano

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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.

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Paper provided by ICER - International Centre for Economic Research in its series ICER Working Papers with number 04-2007.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:04-2007

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Keywords: Cultural evolution; Biological evolution; Darwin; Hayek;

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  1. Caldwell, Bruce, 2001. "Hodgson on Hayek: A Critique," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 25(4), pages 539-53, July.
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