Hayek's Theory of Social Evolution in the Light of Darwin's Descent of Man
International Centre for Economic Research Working Paper No. 4/2007
24 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2007
Date Written: March 2007
This article proposes to reassess Hayek's theory of cultural evolution in the light of Darwin's Descent of Man. It is shown that Hayek and Darwin refers to the same theory of human nature which is borrowed from the founding fathers of political economy, Hume and Smith. Their respective conceptions of order, as well as the mechanisms and the product of evolution are then the consequence of this theory of human nature.
Keywords: Cultural evolution, Biological evolution, Darwin, Hayek
JEL Classification: A 11, B 52
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