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The Improprieties of the Pretense of Knowledge
By Daniel B. Klein
This article appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

In The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith discusses the dialectics of our notions of propriety. His moral insights can add a lot to our understanding of the root problem of government involvement in culture and economics, which Hayek called “the pretense of knowledge” and “the fatal conceit.”



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Volume 17 Number 2
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