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Friedrich Hayek: A Biography

Friedrich Hayek: A Biography Friedrich Hayek: A Biography. By Alan Ebenstein. New York: Palgrave, 2001. xiii; 403 pp. $29.95. “The purpose of this work is to trace the intellectual life of Friedrich Hayek. Hayek was the greatest philosopher of liberty during the twentieth century” (xi). This book has its virtues, not the least of which is its readability. But it is not a book for economists, nor for those who the author persists in calling “economic historians,” that is, historians of economics. From our point of view Hayek is not well served by his disciples who neglect his contributions to economics in favor of his later writings in social philosophy. Friedrich August von Hayek was born in Vienna on 8 May 1899. He served with the field artillery of the Austro-Hungarian army on the Italian front before studying law and economics at the University of Vienna (1918–21). After completing his doctoral dissertation while working for a government agency set up to deal with the financial clauses of the peace treaty, he spent just over a year in the United States in 1923–24. With an introduction from Ludwig von Mises to Professor Jeremiah W. Jenks he worked as Jenks’s research assistant for six http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Political Economy Duke University Press

Friedrich Hayek: A Biography

History of Political Economy , Volume 35 (2) – Jun 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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0018-2702
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1527-1919
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10.1215/00182702-35-2-346
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Friedrich Hayek: A Biography. By Alan Ebenstein. New York: Palgrave, 2001. xiii; 403 pp. $29.95. “The purpose of this work is to trace the intellectual life of Friedrich Hayek. Hayek was the greatest philosopher of liberty during the twentieth century” (xi). This book has its virtues, not the least of which is its readability. But it is not a book for economists, nor for those who the author persists in calling “economic historians,” that is, historians of economics. From our point of view Hayek is not well served by his disciples who neglect his contributions to economics in favor of his later writings in social philosophy. Friedrich August von Hayek was born in Vienna on 8 May 1899. He served with the field artillery of the Austro-Hungarian army on the Italian front before studying law and economics at the University of Vienna (1918–21). After completing his doctoral dissertation while working for a government agency set up to deal with the financial clauses of the peace treaty, he spent just over a year in the United States in 1923–24. With an introduction from Ludwig von Mises to Professor Jeremiah W. Jenks he worked as Jenks’s research assistant for six

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History of Political EconomyDuke University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2003

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