From the Sensory Order to the Moral Order
In this article I attempt to bridge F.A. Hayek's theory of how the brain works to his theory of how ethics evolve in a social system. Both are theories of spontaneous orders, and a great deal of work on both how the brain works and on the evolution of morals supports Hayeks' theories. However, each of his theories needs modification in light of the discoveries of evolutionary psychology and the biological evolution of morals. In this paper I put Hayek's spontaneous orders on the tether of our evolved psychology and, thus, on human universals of behavior.
(My publication)Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010