Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue

Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue

Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue

Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue


This book traces the life's work of a man now widely regarded as one of the greatest economists, political philosophers and social theorists of the century. The result is the most alive and accessible introduction to Hayek to date.


The inspiration for Hayek on Hayek was F.A. Hayek's own voice. Not so much his speaking voice as a characteristic manner of expression that reveals a cast of mind, his own unique point of view. Would it not be a great benefit to have his own voice as a guide to understand the development of his ideas and to recall the events and experience of the past century to which his ideas responded and out of which they emerged?

Two primary sources are available to produce such a guide. The first source consists of autobiographical notes that Hayek wrote over a period of years beginning in 1945. By way of introduction he observed:

As my recent election to the British Academy makes it inevitable that at some future date somebody will have to attempt a brief sketch of my life, and as very little will then be known of my life before I came to England, I shall attempt here from time to time, as I feel inclined to it, to set down a few of the more significant features of my background and development. What I shall write is not intended for publication but solely to provide material for whoever will have to undertake the ungrateful task of discovering interesting facts about an externally rather uneventful life. But perhaps some of it will some day be of interest to my children or grandchildren, at any rate if they feel anything like the fascination which the fate of my ancestors has always possessed for me.

Hayek later agreed to the publication of his notes. He had given them to W.W. Bartley III, who had undertaken Hayek's

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