The Improprieties of the Pretense of Knowledge

18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2012

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Daniel B. Klein

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: May 14, 2012

Abstract

Knowledge has its counterpart in action, and your actions emerge from your normative calls in personal policy-making. On those two steps I propose to bring to the traditional Hayekian knowledge problem a prism of Smithian moral analysis. This approach perhaps sheds new light on the absurdities and profound quackishness of statist pretenses of knowledge.

Keywords: propriety, impropriety, knowledge, interpretation, information, hubris

JEL Classification: A10, A13

Suggested Citation

Klein, Daniel B., The Improprieties of the Pretense of Knowledge (May 14, 2012). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2057397 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2057397

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