F. A. Hayek and the Epistemology of Politics is an exploration of an important problem that has largely been ignored heretofore: the problem of policymaker ignorance and the consequences of limited political knowledge. Scott Scheall explores the significance of the fact that the possibilities for effective political action are constrained by policymakers’ epistemic limitations. The book offers an explanation for why policymaking often fails and why constituents, whatever their political affiliations, are so often disappointed with political leaders.

In this philosophical examination of his work, Hayek’s ideas are not merely discussed, analyzed, and contextualized, but extended; the book both draws and defends previously unrecognized implications from the Hayekian canon.

The book will be of interest to scholars of the works of F. A. Hayek and his intellectual adversaries, to policymakers, and to those of all political, philosophical, and social-scientific persuasions.

chapter |10 pages


part Part I|94 pages

The problem of policymaker ignorance

chapter 1|21 pages

Policymaker ignorance

The first problem of politics and political inquiry1

chapter 2|41 pages

Beyond the socialist oasis

Hayek’s extensions of Mises’ calculation argument

part Part II|73 pages

Hayekian political epistemology

chapter |5 pages

Reflection and foreshadow