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Author Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992.

Title Studies on the abuse and decline of reason : text and documents / edited by Bruce Caldwell
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 331 pages)
Series Collected works of F.A. Hayek ; v. 13
Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992. Works. 1989 ; v. 13
Contents Prelude: Individualism: true and false -- Part One: Scientism and the study of society -- The influence of the natural sciences on the social sciences -- The problem and the method of the natural sciences -- The subjective character of the data of the social sciences -- The individualist and "compositive" method of the social sciences -- The objectivism of the scientistic approach -- The collectivism of the scientistic approach -- The historicism of the scientistic approach -- "Purposive" social formations -- "Conscious" direction and the growth of reason -- Engineers and planners -- Part Two: The counter-revolution of science -- The source of the scientistic hubris: l'Ecole polytechnique -- The "accoucheur d'idées": Henri de Saint-Simon -- Social physics: Saint-Simon and Comte -- The religion of the engineers: Enfantin and the Saint-Simonians -- Saint-simonian influence -- Sociology: Comte and his successors -- Part Three: Comte and Hegel -- Comte and Hegel -- Appendix: Related documents -- Some notes on propaganda in Germany -- Selected correspondence, F.A. Hayek to Fritz Machlup (1940-41) -- Preface to the U.S. edition -- Preface to the German edition
Summary How to best and most accurately study social interactions has long been debated intensely, and there are two main approaches: the positivists, who ignore intent and belief and draw on methods based in the sciences; and the non-positivists, who argue that opinions and ideas drive action and are central to understanding social behaviour. The author's opposition to the positivists and their claims to scientific rigour and certainty in the study of human behaviour is a running theme of the book, which argues that the vast number of elements whose interactions create social structures and institutions make it unlikely that social science can predict precise outcomes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Comte, Auguste, 1798-1857 -- Influence.
Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992 -- Correspondence.
Saint-Simon, Henri, comte de, 1760-1825 -- Influence.
Saint-Simonianism.
Social sciences -- Methodology.
Genre/Form Records and correspondence.
Personal correspondence.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226321126 (electronic bk.)
9780226321127 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)
Other Titles Counter-revolution of science