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November 1983

F. A. Hayek on Social Evolution and the Origins of Tradition

In this exclusive video, Nobel-laureate F. A. Hayek presents a paper at George Mason University. Professor Hayek discusses the evolution of morality and social norms, arguing that they result from unplanned, emergent processes and so are not the direct result of applied human reason. He discusses this conclusion by contrasting it with other philosophical accounts of law and morality.