Thursday, October 10, 2013

Historical Hicks: Hayek, Popper and, ultimately, (not) negativism

Philosopher Stephen Hicks has a really terrific, short post this week uncovering a fascinating correspondence between two of the 20th century's giants of philosophy: Fredrich Hayek and Karl Popper.  I'll let Hicks's intro paragraph act as an enticement to have you read the entire post, here:
In a letter Karl Popper dated October 21, 1964, Friedrich Hayek proposed that they name their philosophy “Negativism.”[1] Hayek’s philosophy of economics holds that the limits of knowledge doom any attempt at central planning, [2] and Popper’s philosophy of science holds that observations can only falsify hypotheses.[3] Hence, “Negativism” would capture the central insight of their joint approach, and that label would provide a strong contrast to the prevailing Positivism of their time.
Absolutely worth your time.