Hayek: A Collaborative Biography

Part X: Eugenics, Cultural Evolution, and The Fatal Conceit

  • Robert Leeson

Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. The Gods of the ‘Free’ Market

  3. Eugenics, Cultural Evolution, and Ethics

  4. Imanishi, Darwinian Evolution, and the Fatal Conceit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 417-417
    2. Susumu Egashira
      Pages 435-454
    3. Geoffrey M. Hodgson
      Pages 455-474
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 475-498

About this book


This tenth part of Robert Leeson's collaborative biography of Friedrich August von Hayek explores Hayek’s thought on the free market and democracy. Using an unparalleled array of archival materials, Leeson reconstructs Hayek’s thinking as the notorious economist and his acolytes set about reshaping the post-war economic order. Darker areas of Hayek’s thought are also explored, including the influence of eugenics on his thought and his support for radical right-wing dictatorships in South America.

 Leeson concludes this volume with a collection of chapters written by eminent scholars of Hayek. These chapters cover subjects as diverse as Hayek’s influence on scholars of Darwinian evolution, his views on psychology, and cultural evolution. 


Macroeconomics Institutional economics Free-market economist Libertarian social philosophy Political economy Recession

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Leeson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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