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Some Reflections on F.A. Hayek's The Sensory Order


  • Bruce Caldwell



Though F.A. Hayek is principally known for his work in economics, he also made contributions, both positive and critical, to the field of psychology. His most important piece in the latter field is his 1952 book, The Sensory Order. This paper attempts to locate The Sensory Order in relation to some of Hayek's other works. The origins of Hayek's interests in psychology, as revealed by an early student paper that provided a starting point for his later book, is noted. We then examine what may have motivated Hayek some 25 years later to return to psychology. Finally, the larger role that the book came to play in Hayek's overall system is explored. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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  • Bruce Caldwell, 2004. "Some Reflections on F.A. Hayek's The Sensory Order," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 6(3), pages 239-254, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbioec:v:6:y:2004:i:3:p:239-254 DOI: 10.1007/s10818-004-5505-9

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    1. Vernon L. Smith, 2003. "Constructivist and Ecological Rationality in Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(3), pages 465-508, June.
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