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Palgrave Macmillan

Hayek: A Collaborative Biography

Part 1 Influences from Mises to Bartley

ISBN 9780230301122
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics

Fifteen scholars have collaborated to provide a comprehensive analysis of the life and work of one of the most influential economists of all time. The authors include the Official Historian of the Reserve Bank of Australia (Selwyn Cornish), the Director of the von Mises Institute (Douglas French), Hayek's second General Editor (Stephen Kresge), the founder of est (Werner Erhard), plus seven Professors - of Economics (David Laidler, Viktor Vanberg and Robert Leeson), Economic History (Avner Offer and Jan-Otmar Hesse), Politics (Melissa Lane) and Social Policy (Nils Goldschmidt). The Universities represented include Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, Bielefeld, Western Ontario, Uppsala and Freiburg. This is the first time that such a distinguished collection of scholars – from a variety of perspectives – have attempted to integrate Hayek's life, work and influence on world history with the archival evidence.

Robert Leeson has published numerous articles in top class journals (such as the Economic Journal, Economics and History of Political Economy). In addition to writing and editing thirteen books, he is the co-editor (with Charles Palm) of The Collected Writings of Milton Friedman. He has been Visiting Professor of Economics at Stanford University, USA since 2005, National Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution since 1995 and Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Australia University since 2008. He has held other visiting positions at Cambridge University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University and the University of Western Ontario.

Introduction; Robert Leeson
1. The Genesis and Reception of The Road to Serfdom; Melissa Lane
2. Hayek in Citations and the Nobel Memorial Prize; Gabriel Söderberg, Avner Offer, and Samuel Bjork
3. The 1974 Hayek-Myrdal Nobel Prize; David Laidler
4. The Hayek Literature: Wapshott's Keynes/Hayek The Clash that Defined Modern Economics; Selwyn Cornish
5. Hayek and Mises; Douglas French
6. Hayek in Freiburg; Viktor Vanberg
7. Eucken, Hayek, and the Road to Serfdom; Nils Goldschmidt and Jan-Otmar Hesse
8. Hayek's Official Biographer: The Lost Insights of William Warren Bartley III; Robert Leeson
9. Hayek, Bartley, Popper: Justificationism and the Abuse of Reason; Rafe Champion
10. Interview with Stephen Kresge; Steven Dimmick and Robert Leeson
11. Bill Bartley: an Extraordinary Biographer; Werner Erhard

Samuel Bjork
Rafe Champion, independent scholar
Selwyn Cornish, Australian National University
Steven Dimmick, independent scholar
Werner Erhard, founder of Erhard Seminar Training
Douglas French, Director of the von Mises Institute
Nils Goldschmidt
Jan-Otmar Hesse
Stephen Kresge was the General Editor of the Collected Writings of F.A. Hayek
David Laidler, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Melissa Lane, Princeton University, USA
Robert Leeson, Stanford University, USA
Avner Offer University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, UK
Gabriel Söderberg
Viktor Vanberg, University of Freiburg, Germany


'This is an interesting and unusual volume ... There is a great deal of useful information in this book.' - Professor Emeritus John King, La Trobe University, Australia
'A unique contribution to the existing literature on Hayek... Leeson has to be credited with providing many details about the establishment and development of the Austrian School of Economics. He also provides a vast amount of information about a number of nineteenth and twentieth century theorists who contributed to the development of the discipline of economics. His explanation of the relationship between Hayek and Mises is very informative, particularly with regards to some of the specific agreements and disagreements they had with one another.' - Filip Birsen, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 2014; Volume 21, Issue 1.
'This collective biography is an excellent resource for those interested in, or working on, the career and thought of Friedrich Hayek. In particular it provides a good deal of information regarding Hayek's relationship with other intellectuals and will serve as an important starting point for further research exploring their influence upon his work. Finally, the collection of chapters work well with one another in a way that achieves the goal, outlined by Leeson, of describing, interpreting and integrating Hayek's life, belief and philosophy... [The study of the relationship between Hayek and William Warren Bartley III] certainly provides a fascinating and colourful account of the personal life and career of this often troubled but apparently brilliant man, who Karl Popper called the best young philosopher he had taught ... Leeson does excellent work here using a range of archival sources. The Hayek, Popper and Lakatos papers are all drawn upon as is the Harvard Crimson and other lesser looked at sources. This will be of interest to anyone attempting to gain an insight into Hayek's attitude to the communist threat and brings to life his time at Cambridge in the 1940s.' - Sean Irving, Œconomia – History / Methodology / Philosophy 2014. Read the full review at: http://oeconomia.revues.org/901
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