The Counter-Revolution of Science

The Counter-Revolution of Science

Friedrich A. Hayek / Dec 14, 2019

The Counter Revolution of Science Early in the last century the successes of science led a group of French thinkers to apply the principles of science to the study of society These thinkers purported to have discovered the supposed la

  • Title: The Counter-Revolution of Science
  • Author: Friedrich A. Hayek
  • ISBN: 9780913966679
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Early in the last century the successes of science led a group of French thinkers to apply the principles of science to the study of society These thinkers purported to have discovered the supposed laws of society and concluded that an elite of social scientists should assume direct control of social life The Counter Revolution of Science is Nobel Laureate Friedrich HaEarly in the last century the successes of science led a group of French thinkers to apply the principles of science to the study of society These thinkers purported to have discovered the supposed laws of society and concluded that an elite of social scientists should assume direct control of social life The Counter Revolution of Science is Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek s forceful attack on this abuse of reason.

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      • Friedrich A. Hayek

        Friedrich August von Hayek CH was an Austrian and British economist and philosopher known for his defense of classical liberalism and free market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thought He is considered by some to be one of the most important economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century Hayek s account of how changing prices communicate signals which enable individuals to coordinate their plans is widely regarded as an important achievement in economics Hayek also wrote on the topics of jurisprudence, neuroscience and the history of ideas.Hayek is one of the most influential members of the Austrian School of economics, and in 1974 shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with Gunnar Myrdal for their pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena He also received the U.S Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 from president George H W Bush.Hayek lived in Austria, Great Britain, the United States and Germany, and became a British subject in 1938.


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    1. This book is an exemplary analysis of scientism and all the dangers it poses for the thinking individual and society at large (although Hayek may disagree with my use of the term society there). Part One is an especially valuable tool for thinking about the philosophy of science, and for questioning the scientific basis of the "social sciences" in general.Part Two is mainly a history of the influence of the L'Ecole Polytechnique school of social science, tracing the influence of Saint-Simon on t [...]


    2. Ever since the Marginal Revolution of 1870, in which Carl Menger was one of three economists who discovered separately the theory of marginal utility, there has been a methodological battle between the Austrian School of Economics, of which Menger was the founder, and the German Historical School. (In fact, the German Historicists labeled Menger's work as "Austrian" as an insult.) The primary difference between the two schools is how they viewed the individual. While Austrians understood each in [...]


    3. This is the only book I could find which examines the development of scientism in the 19th century, which itself did not propose religion as the alternative. That alone makes it worthy of praise. Scientism, even taking it out of the context of socialism, is a philosophy that permeates many institutions today but has rarely been studied. The only other works that do any justice to this subject that I've come across are the documentaries of Adam Curtis. Those make for a decent continuation of the [...]






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