Hayek's Jurisprudence: And Ratnapala's Hayek

20 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2014

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Todd J. Zywicki

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: November 26, 2014

Abstract

Suri Ratnapala is one of the keenest and most insightful analysts of the thought of the great economist and social thinker F. A. Hayek. Hayek was the leading exemplar of the historical, or evolutionary, theory of law in the latter half of the 20th century, but his jurisprudential thought has been largely neglected by legal scholars. In two articles, Ratnapala outlined the core ideas of Hayek’s legal philosophy and developed their place within Hayek’s larger theory of economics, social thought, and epistemology. This article reviews Ratnapala’s analysis of Hayek’s legal theory and offers a few elaborations thereon.

Keywords: common law jurisprudence, economics, evolutionary epistemology, Friedrich A. Hayek, F. A. Hayek, Suri Ratnapala, social thought

JEL Classification: B31

Suggested Citation

Zywicki, Todd J., Hayek's Jurisprudence: And Ratnapala's Hayek (November 26, 2014). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-63. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2531058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2531058

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