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Epistemology, Psychology, and Methodology

  • Alan Ebenstein

Abstract

After Hayek finished The Road to Serfdom and experienced its phenomenal success, he turned his attention to old ideas in psychology that he had explored as a student at the University of Vienna three decades before. Hayek’s work in epistemology, psychology, and methodology is among the most difficult in his corpus for the noneconomist or nonpolitical scientist, and various interpretations are possible. Stemming from the Germanic philosophical heritage, Hayek was likely to place more emphasis on the act of knowing than on objects themselves. Hayek ultimately followed Kant in his onto-logical conception of reality—he thought that mind impresses order on existence.

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Sensory Experience Logical Positivist Vienna Circle Pattern Prediction Sensory Order 
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Notes

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