Hayek's the Sensory Order and Gadamer's Phenomenological Hermeneutics

CHOPE Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Working Paper No. 2013-10

17 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2013

Date Written: July 5, 2013

Abstract

This article reinterprets Hayek’s cognitive psychology from the standpoint of the categories employed by phenomenological hermeneutics, and notably by Gadamer. Both Hayek and Gadamer agree on the idea that consciousness is the outcome of a process of interpretation that depends on a ‘shifting horizon’ – a hermeneutical horizon that is the product of history and that is subject to a constant evolution over time. By comparing Hayek’s anti-objectivistic psychology with Gadamer’s view, it is possible to clarify and enrich Hayek’s distributed knowledge paradigm as well as his criticism of the mechanistic and deterministic theories of action.

Keywords: Hayek, Gadamer, Hermeneutics, Self-Organizing Mind, Methodological Individualism

Suggested Citation

Di Iorio, Francesco, Hayek's the Sensory Order and Gadamer's Phenomenological Hermeneutics (July 5, 2013). CHOPE Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Working Paper No. 2013-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2296883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2296883

Francesco Di Iorio (Contact Author)

Nankai University ( email )

Tianjin
China

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