A short account of his key ideas, their origin and development
Kurt R. Leube (Hoover Institution, Stanford University)
in deutscher Sprache / in German
Thursday, 5 March 2015, 19:00-20:30
Bulgarian Cultural Institute Haus Wittgenstein
Parkgasse 18, 1030 Vienna
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“It is one of the peculiar ironies of history that there are no limits to the misunderstanding and distortion of theories, even in an age when there is unlimited access to the sources.”
Erich Fromm (1961)
It seems that especially social philosophy and economics, more than other fields in the social sciences, are subject to recurrent superstitions, popular fads and very powerful suspicions. The frequent misreading and just as cyclical, the thinly veiled opportunistic appreciation of Friedrich A. von Hayek’s work is a case in point. However, Hayek’s path breaking theories are neither suspicious nor dangerous, let alone anti-social. They are only complex and decisive and his methodological approach is unique and fundamental.
An adequate treatment of his theories within the given time constraints will unavoidably remain superficial and could easily sound like a pretension. And yet, an attempt will be made to shed some light on a few momentous events that played a role in Hayek’s intellectual development and shaped his methodology and theories.
Kurt R. Leube is Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University (USA); Academic Director, ECAEF, Vaduz (Principality of Liechtenstein).
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