Beyond Darwinism: Examining the Hayek-Imanishi Dialogues

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


This chapter compares the evolutionary theory of Hayek (1899–1992) with that of Kinji Imanishi (1902–1992) by examining their 1978/1979 dialogues. Previously, most researchers have not focused on this dialogue because it appeared that their opinions were irreconcilable: Imanishi was strongly opposed to Hayek’s evolutionism because he considered that Hayek had adopted the concept of natural selection. However, a closer examination reveals common ground: Imanishi, for example, accepted Hayek’s concept of self-generating order. In terms of the evolutionary theory and social philosophy, Imanishi and Hayek were partly complementary to each other.


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  • Yusuke Yoshino
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  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsChukyo University, Showa-kuNagoya-shiJapan

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