Law, Evolution, and Liberty


The purpose of this conference was to discuss the virtues and shortcomings of the evolutionary account of law and justice, the relation between the "classic" evolutionism and the new evolutionary theories, and the role of free and responsible individuals in each account of law.


Conference Readings

Alexander, Jason McKenzie. The Structural Evolution of Morality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Binmore, Ken. Natural Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Gaus, Gerald and John Thrasher, “Social Evolution” In The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, edited by Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino, 643-655. London: Routledge, 2012.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix series]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973.

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Skyrms, Brian. Evolution of the Social Contract. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Vanberg, Viktor. “Rationality, Rule-Following and Emotions: On the Economics of Moral Preferences.” Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany, 2006.

Vanberg, Viktor. “Darwinian Paradigm, Cultural Evolution and Human Purposes: On F. A. Hayek’s Evolutionary View of the Market.” Papers on Economics and Evolution, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany, 2011.