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Hayekian evolution reconsidered: a response to Caldwell


  • Geoffrey M. Hodgson


Caldwell (2001. Hodgson on Hayek: a critique, Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 25, 541--55) raises a number of criticisms of Hodgson's (1993. Economics and Evolution: Bringing Life Back into Economics, Cambridge, UK and Ann Arbor, MI, Polity Press and University of Michigan Press) analysis of Hayek. This reply acknowledges the passages in The Constitution of Liberty where Hayek discusses evolutionary ideas. It is also agreed that the description in the secondary literature of Hayek as a 'methodological individualist' is misleading or flawed. However, it is argued that Hayek's neglect of Malthus remains real and problematic. This neglect is connected to Hayek's underestimation of the scale of the Darwinian intellectual revolution. It is also argued here that Caldwell's attempt to justify Hayek's analytical assumption of the given individual is unconvincing. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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  • Geoffrey M. Hodgson, 2004. "Hayekian evolution reconsidered: a response to Caldwell," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 28(2), pages 291-300, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:28:y:2004:i:2:p:291-300

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