The IHS is pleased to announce our latest online discussion series for graduate students, “Hayek and Spontaneous Order.” In an effort to ensure that current graduate students are well-versed and engaged with contemporary classics in Classical Liberal scholarship, the IHS is beginning a series of explorations in the modern canon hosted by Discussion Leader and intellectual historian of liberalism, David M. Hart. This inaugural program will focus on several key works by Friedrich Hayek and one of his most important insights and contributions, the concept of spontaneous order. The subject has only gotten more important, in fact, since Hayek’s own long lifetime, right down to the mechanics, economics, and sociology of new technologies like cryptocurrencies and other uses for distributed ledgers. A denser, more interconnected, more communicative world should also be one that is well familiar with Hayek.

Sessions will take place on Zoom, from 6-8pm, eastern time. Participants will receive an honorarium of $125 per session plus a $30 stipend for book purchases.


October 7: The Structure of Mind and Choice–Hayek, Law, Legislation, and Liberty, Vol. I (originally published 1973).

November 4: Action, Design, and Outcomes–

  1. Hayek, “The Use of Knowledge in Society.”
  1. Hayek, “The Results of Human Action but not of Human Design,” in Studies in Philosophy: Politics and Economics (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967), pp. 96-105.
  1. Hayek, “Principles of a Liberal Social Order,” in Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Society. Politico, 31. No. 4. (December 1966). pp. 601-618.

December 2: The Planner’s Conceit–Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism (1991).

January 6: Hayek Today: Tech, Money, & Culture–Finn Brunton, Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency, Princeton University Press (2019).