David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Throughout his writings, Hayek has emphasized that a "scientistic prejudice" is working as a bad steering factor in the research for sound theories in the general field of social sciences, and especially in economics. Notwithstanding Hayek's criticism, most contemporary economists still think that they must imitate methods of physical and biological sciences in order to do good and valid science. While Hayek was first vehemently reproving this methodological choice in his early writings (for example, Hayek 1952), he was afterwards convinced by Popper, as he himself acknowledges (see Hayek 1967) that the scientific method social scientists sought to transpose into their own research field was mere illusion. Consequently, Hayek rejected the confirmationist approach to economic theories and adopted a strict falsificationist one (this is very clear in the Nobel Memorial Lecture: see Hayek 1974)
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
G. B. Madison (1989). Hayek and the Interpretive Turn. Critical Review 3 (2):169-185.
Similar books and articles
Donald W. Livingston (1991). Hayek as Humean. Critical Review 5 (2):159-177.
Ryszard Legutko (1997). Was Hayek an Instrumentalist? Critical Review 11 (1):145-164.
R. Hamowy (1996). Book Reviews : F. A. Hayek, Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue. Edited by Stephen Kresge and Leif Wenar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1994. Pp. Xi + 170. $27.50. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 26 (3):417-421.
Roland Kley (1994). Hayek's Social and Political Thought. Oxford University Press.
Leslie Marsh (2010). Hayek: Cognitive Scientist Avant La Lettre. In William Butos, Roger Koppl & Steve Horwitz (eds.), Advances in Austrian Economics. Emerald.
G. B. Madison (1990). How Individualistic is Methodological Individualism? Critical Review 4 (1-2):41-60.
Added to index2009-10-10
Total downloads32 ( #58,366 of 1,101,879 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,556 of 1,101,879 )
How can I increase my downloads?