A few years ago Virginia Postrel circulated a letter requesting information on the use of Hayek in the classroom and in different disciplines? Does anyone ever know what happened with the results of her inquiry?
Last week I received a similar, but slightly different inquiry and I promised to pass it along. This one has more to do with the substantive content in Hayek's writings and their use for a specific purpose. Philospher Matt Zwolinski writes:
I was hoping you and your readers at the Austrian Economists blog might be able to help me out with a difficulty. Perhaps you could pass this on to them?
I'm putting together an anthology in political philosophy, and want to have a reading by Hayek in the section on distributive justice. The problem is - I'm not sure which reading to use.
The most obvious choice seems to be his chapter on "social justice" from LLL. But I really want something that will convey the core Hayekian concepts -- diffused knowledge, spontaneous order, the market as an information-conveying process -- and I'm not sure this reading does the best job of that.
If you were teaching a course on the subject, with students reading Rawls, Nozick and all the other standards, and had room for only one piece by Hayek to fit into this larger debate - what would it be, and why?
Thanks so much. I look forward to the advice!
I recommended "Competition as a Discovery Procedure" --- what would you recommend?
I will be teaching Rawls and Nozick very shortly in my Constitutional Economics class, but in the context of that course Hayek's chapter is LLL is used and the bulk of the discussion centers on Buchanan's contributions to the justice as fairness debate. But I am also using David Schmidtz's outstanding work Elements of Justice in the class as well.