Thus our morality… is as much the result of an evolutionary selection process as our reason… so that one should never suppose that our reason is in the highest critical position and that only those moral rules are valid which our reason endorses.
F. A. Hayek
Thus Our Morality
Topic: Society & Civil Religion
“Thus our morality, whose explanation and justification has seemed so unsatisfactory, is as much the result of an evolutionary selection process as is our reason, which however stems from a separate development, so that one should never suppose that our reason is in the highest critical position and that only those moral rules are valid which our reason endorses. Certain moral rules which are not obvious to our reason nonetheless are the conditions for mankind being able to reach its current numbers.”
Friedrich August von Hayek CH FBA (8 May 1899 – 23 March 1992), often referred to by his initials F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian-British economist and philosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism. Hayek shared the 1974 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Gunnar Myrdal for his "pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and ... penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena".
Anderson,Gordon L. Toward a Headwing Society: The Harmony of Three Social Spheres (Journal of Unification Studies Vol. 13, 2012), pp. 73-112 [F. A. Hayek "The Presumption of Reason," International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, 1985].
F. A. Hayek
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