Epistemic Institutionalism: Rules and Order, Complexity, and Liberalism

18 Pages Posted: 28 May 2019

Date Written: May 1, 2019


This paper offers an immanent critique of Peter Boettke's recent book, 'F.A. Hayek: : Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy'. That is to say, it takes some of the goals Boettke sets out to achieve and suggests how they might have been pursued more effectively. Issues addressed include the nature of epistemic institutionalism, the relationship between rules and social order, the significance of Hayek's work on complexity, and the importance of debates over the nature of liberalism.

Keywords: Hayek, institutions, knowledge, complexity, liberalism, rules, order

JEL Classification: B1, B2, B25, B31, B41, B53

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Paul Andrew, Epistemic Institutionalism: Rules and Order, Complexity, and Liberalism (May 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3380593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3380593

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