Category Archives: Knowledge Problem

Tautologies, empirical problems and causal explanations — Hayek’s 1936 revolution

By the happenstance of family, Hayek became one of the first ever to read Ludwig Wittgestein’s landmark Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Wittgenstein manages to tie the phenomenological positivism of Ernst Mach and Bertrand Russell to the new logic of Gottlob Frege using … Continue reading

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Bill Wittle Presents Hayek’s Knowledge Problem & The Case for A Free Society

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Frydman & Goldberg on Robert Lucas & F. A. Hayek

From Roman Frydman and Michael Goldberg’s new book Beyond Rational Markets: Asset Price Swings, Risk, and the Role of the State: The problem that haunts the Rational Expectations Hypothesis is the same one that doomed socialist planning: no fully predetermined … Continue reading

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PAUL EHRLICH VS THE KNOWLEDGE PROBLEM

The self-beclowned Chicken Little of the environmental movement takes a break from soothsaying to wrestle with fact of distributed knowledge — Steven Hayward has the story: I’ve debated Ehlich twice .. I once had a fairly serious argument with him … Continue reading

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STUFF BY HAYEK YOU’VE NEVER READ — “THE ECONOMICS OF PLANNING”

Sometime in the 1940s Hayek’ presented a popular version of the arguments found in his “Use of Knowledge in Society” and “Collectivist Economic Planning” essays to the Oxford University Liberal Club, which was published in the mimeographed “official organ” of … Continue reading

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Glenn Reynolds on The Legislator’s Knowledge Problem

In the modern corporatist state, regulations and their operationalization are far more complex than any mind can possibly understand — causing insuperable problems for the limited mind of your Congressman: Economist Friedrich Hayek explained in 1945 why centrally controlled “command … Continue reading

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