Hayek’s Challenge: an Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek [Book Review]

Review of Political Economy 18 (4):579-583 (2006)

Andy Denis
City University London
Hayek’s Challenge is subtitled ‘an intellectual biography’ of Hayek, and the publisher describes it as ‘the first full intellectual biography’ of Hayek (front flap). But Caldwell himself appears to disagree: it was ‘never my goal’ to write ‘a comprehensive intellectual biography’ (177, note 10). Further, the book has a ‘secret title’: Caldwell’s Challenge (4). To assess what Caldwell has done, it is important to be very clear about what he was trying to do. Caldwell spells out in detail, in engaging autobiographical passages, that his own interest is very much in the area of methodology; and..
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