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    Oliva, Gabriel 2016. Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology. Vol. 34, Issue. , p. 161.

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  • Print publication year: 2006
  • Online publication date: January 2007

14 - Hayek the cognitive scientist and philosopher of mind

Summary

F. A. Hayek's long-neglected monograph The Sensory Order: An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology (1952b) has in recent years begun to garner some attention, most of it from economists or political scientists curious to see what bearing that work has on the foundations of Hayek's economics and social and political thought. Some commentators have also noted the book's relevance to contemporary cognitive science, in particular its foreshadowing of connectionism. Yet few have considered its distinctly philosophical significance - either its place in the history of twentieth-century philosophy or the light it might shed on current controversies in the philosophy of mind.

This is by no means surprising, given that Hayek was not a philosopher by trade. He does not frame the issues he discusses in primarily philosophical terms, and he does not apply to those issues the methods a philosopher would. Notwithstanding his being Wittgenstein's cousin (Hayek [1977] 1992) and his friendship with Karl Popper, he appears not to have sought, nor (except from Popper) was he given, the attention of the mainstream analytic philosophical tradition that dominated the three countries - Austria, England, and the United States - in which he did the bulk of his teaching and writing.

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The Cambridge Companion to Hayek
  • Online ISBN: 9781139001267
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL0521849772
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