Spontaneous Order

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
  • Nicholas Capaldi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


We explain ‘spontaneous order’ in the works of Hayek and Oakeshott, explain what it is meant to replace, namely, scientism (positivism). We explain the relationship between philosophical positivism and legal positivism, and we note the evolution from positivism to analytic jurisprudence. We respond to typical misunderstandings of spontaneous order. Spontaneous order reflects a kind of thinking called explication, as opposed to scientism which reflects elimination and exploration. Positivism’s commitment to scientism masks a hidden political agenda, namely the eighteenth-century Enlightenment Project of creating a democratic socialist-inspired social technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
    • 1
  • Nicholas Capaldi
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern University Law CenterBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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