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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 20, 2015

David F. Dieteman
Pages 87-98
DOI: 10.5840/cssr2015206

F. A. Hayek's Missing Piece

Friedrich Hayek is one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. A 1974 Nobel Prize winner for Economics, Hayek argues for the superiority of the free society over totalitarian, planned societies. Although Hayek arguably hit his target, he missed the bull’s-eye, because he failed to explain government and its prudential limits with reference to a complete view of human nature. This is partly because he failed to recognize that Christianity is the essence of Western civilization.