The history of Hayek's theory of cultural evolution

This paper traces the historical origins of Friedrich A. Hayek's theory of cultural evolution, and argues that Hayek's evolutionary thought was significantly inspired by Alexander M. Carr-Saunders and Oxford zoology. While traditional Hayek scholarship emphasizes the influence of Carl Menger and the British eighteenth-century moral philosophers, I claim that these sources underdetermine what was most characteristic of Hayek's theory, viz. the idea that cultural evolution is a matter of group selection, and the idea that natural selection operates on acquired as well as on inherited properties.
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DOI 10.1016/S1369-8486(02)00024-9
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Hayek's Theory of Cultural Group Selection.David Ramsay Steele - 1987 - Journal of Libertarian Studies 8 (2):171-95.
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