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January 10th Meetup - Popper and Hayek

Hi Political Animals - 
It's that time again - we are skipping over a meetup in December, so the next one will be at the Savoy Tavern on Jan 10th. 


Last time we agreed we would read Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek - the Hayek essay "The Use of Knowledge in Society" is available here online:


http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/hykKnw1.html


We were also interested in reading Popper's critique of Plato's political philosophy, which is in "The Open Society and Its Enemies", vol.1.  

I suggest we focus on the section called "Plato's Political Programme", topped up with the section called "Plato's Theory of Forms or Ideas" if you have time. It should be around 100 pages at most, and the Hayek essay is short.

Popper argues in favour of political liberalism and Hayek in favour of economic liberalism - with the financial crisis and the rise of China, are we seeing the limitations of both of those models? That's one issue we could discuss.

The Popper book is available from Amazon and public libraries.  Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
Ilse

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The selected Popper and Hayek readings complemented each other well. Good to hear some differing perspectives, and the regular members set a very civil tone (it was my first meetup with this group). I probably needed to learn more from the Plato readers in the room, though.

    January 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice meeting, great exchange of ideas

    January 11, 2012

  • Ilse M.

    Good discussion, thanks to everyone for showing up.

    January 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was unsure about what to expect, but was delighted with the interesting discussions.

    January 11, 2012

  • BrianM

    Actually, I was the one who suggested Hayek. It was my first meeting. Thank you for taking it on. Unfortnately (for me, if not for you), I am tied up with work. I won't be able to make it tonight. Sorry. I had been looking forward to this. I hope to see you at the next one.

    January 10, 2012

  • Ilse M.

    His comment borders on threadjacking, though, so I've deleted it.

    January 7, 2012

  • Ilse M.

    Jacob - "former member" is the organiser of the London Philosophy Now meetup group. As far as I remember it was someone else who suggested Popper.

    January 7, 2012

  • Jacob D.

    Isn't 'former member' the gentleman who inspired our examination of these philosophers? Maybe we need a bit of gatekeeping on who can suggest readings. It was his first meeting, I believe, when he made the suggestion.

    January 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello guys,
    You can also watch this lecture on London School of Economics' website about Keynes vs Hayek, presented in July this year :
    http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1107

    Have fun !

    December 12, 2011

  • Ilse M.

    Hi all - Just in time to fuel our discussion on Hayek and Popper, a new book on the economic theories of Keynes and Hayek by Nicholas Wapshott is out - see the links below. The last link is comic relief.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/11/07/the-keynes-hayek-showdown/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-teitelman/wapshott-keynes-hayek-_b_981981.html

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-07/keynes-and-hayek-s-great-debat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk

    December 12, 2011

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