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Hayek and the Left

Simon Kaye’s interesting posting.

After all, freedom is an essentially contested concept, and Hayek’s insistence on the importance of individual liberty need not be wholly incompatible with the various underpinning functions of the state, and the careful design of policies that are designed to maximise human flourishing in the difficult trade-off between positive and negative liberty. The rest of Hayek’s work serves as a warning about unintended consequences that should be heeded by left and right alike, necessarily placing limits on the reach of such policies. But Hayek’s is not the only legitimate notion of freedom, just as spontaneous orders are not necessarily the only producers of desirable outcomes in the social world.

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Making Visible “the Invisible Hand”: The Mission of Social Simulation

Cristiano Castelfranchi’s interesting article. For more on the invisible hand see Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith with the following contributions:

Metaphor Made Manifest: Taking Seriously Smith’s ‘Invisible Hand’ by Eugene Heath

The ‘Invisible Hand’ Phenomenon in Philosophy and Economics by Gavin Kennedy

Instincts and the Invisible Order: The Possibility of Progress by Jonathan B. Wight

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Retrieving Realism

Speaking of Being in the World this (prima facie) is what one would call a philosophy publishing event.

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In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Alva Noë discusses Evan Thompson’s Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy.

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