The Political Sociology of Freedom: Adam Ferguson And F.A. Hayek (New Thinking in Political Economy Series)

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Adam Ferguson and Friedrich Hayek, separated by a period of almost two hundred years, made original but similar contributions to the field of theoretical sociology. In this collection of essays, Ronald Hamowy explores the life and work of these two thinkers, giving special emphasis to their insights into the diffusion of knowledge. Ferguson, a giant of the Scottish Enlightenment, can be credited with laying the foundations of theoretical history by first proposing the idea that social institutions undergo evolutionary change. He theorized that while these institutions are formed by the actions of human beings, they are not the product of human design. Less than two centuries later, Hayek extended this insight to dealing with economic and social interaction, arguing that the knowledge requisite for structuring the social institutions under which we live is far too complex to be comprehended by any one mind or group of thinkers, and that these institutions had in fact evolved over long periods of time without deliberate design. Hayek was also the first to introduce the notion that market processes are a function of all participants contributing the limited knowledge that each possesses, out of which an orderly arrangement of enormous complexity emerges. Scholars and students of sociology, economics, history and political theory will find The Political Sociology of Freedom a unique and provocative read.

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The late Ronald Hamowy, formerly Professor Emeritus of History, University of Alberta, Canada, Affiliate Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Fellow, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, US

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`The Political Sociology of Freedom collects a number of insightful and finely crafted essays written by Ronald Hamowy over a period of three decades. The collection will provide a very valuable resource for scholars interested in Friedrich Hayek, Adam Ferguson, the Scottish Enlightenment, the rule of law and the idea of spontaneous order.' -- Peter McNamara, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology `The essays offer great value to anyone interested in the Scots or Hayek. Hamowy is learned, insightful, and eloquent. In my opinion, the reader may put great trust in his judgment.' -- Daniel B. Klein, Review of Austrian Economics `In The Political Sociology of Freedom, Ronald Hamowy demonstrates that he is one of the leading scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment and its project for the social sciences and political theory.' -- Peter J. Boettke, George Mason University, US `Ronald Hamowy's foundational study of the Scottish Enlightenment provides a framework for his further critical assessments of the political and juridical contributions of F.A. Hayek, one of its great interpreters. This collection, which shows the full range of Hamowy's scholarship, is both timely and very welcome.' -- Bruce Caldwell, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, US

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