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Friedrich Hayek: A biography, Alan Ebenstein. Palgrave, 2001, xiii + 403 pages

Friedrich Hayek: A biography, Alan Ebenstein. Palgrave, 2001, xiii + 403 pages Economics and Philosophy, 18 (2002) 351 ± 385 Copyright Cambridge University Press REVIEWS The Possibility of Practical Reason, J. David Velleman. Oxford University Press, 2000, 302 pages This is a collection of 10 papers, all except one previously published, plus a long introductory essay. The collection covers a wide range of topics: action theory and practical reason (six articles), including collective intention (one), free will (one), ethics (well-being) (one), epistemology (one) decision theory (one), and game theory (one). Together they show an impressive breadth of knowledge ± much wider than the typical range of published work. What is more, the quality is generally very high, in many cases breaking new ground. Invariably, the arguments are cogent, the discussion thorough, and insights plentiful. And not surprisingly for people familiar with Velleman's work, these papers show much development from his first, rather unconvincing book, Practical Reflection, Princeton University Press, 1989. As a collection of work over 10 years, however, it lacks the coherence and unity of a monograph. Nevertheless, there is one theme that comes through many of the articles. I begin with this, which should facilitate and shorten the discussion of the articles to which it applies. The distinctive theme http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economics & Philosophy Cambridge University Press

Friedrich Hayek: A biography, Alan Ebenstein. Palgrave, 2001, xiii + 403 pages

Economics & Philosophy , Volume 18 (2): 35 – Apr 1, 2003

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Cambridge University Press
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© 2002 Cambridge University Press
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1474-0028
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0266-2671
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10.1017/S0266267102262094
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Economics and Philosophy, 18 (2002) 351 ± 385 Copyright Cambridge University Press REVIEWS The Possibility of Practical Reason, J. David Velleman. Oxford University Press, 2000, 302 pages This is a collection of 10 papers, all except one previously published, plus a long introductory essay. The collection covers a wide range of topics: action theory and practical reason (six articles), including collective intention (one), free will (one), ethics (well-being) (one), epistemology (one) decision theory (one), and game theory (one). Together they show an impressive breadth of knowledge ± much wider than the typical range of published work. What is more, the quality is generally very high, in many cases breaking new ground. Invariably, the arguments are cogent, the discussion thorough, and insights plentiful. And not surprisingly for people familiar with Velleman's work, these papers show much development from his first, rather unconvincing book, Practical Reflection, Princeton University Press, 1989. As a collection of work over 10 years, however, it lacks the coherence and unity of a monograph. Nevertheless, there is one theme that comes through many of the articles. I begin with this, which should facilitate and shorten the discussion of the articles to which it applies. The distinctive theme

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