Freedom & Reform is
the second collection of Knight's essays. While it was not
published specifically on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday,
it does primarily contain articles and essays written since The
Ethics of Competition was released in 1935. The essays
were selected and edited by Hubert Bonner, William Grampp,
Milton Singer, and Bernard Weinberg.
Ethics of Competition, Freedom & Reform focuses
on articles about the nature and methods of social science,
the appropriateness of applying scientific methods to social
scientific inquiry, and the relation of social science to
contemporary social problems. One addition here that was
not present in the earlier volume, except through its introduction
in the last essay ("Economic Theory and Nationalism"),
is Knight's ruminations on the prospects for liberal society.
The title of the final essay in Freedom & Reform gives
away the sense of Knight's broodings on the subject: "The
Sickness of Liberal Society."
one essay in Freedom & Reform was previously unpublished: "The
Planful Act: The
Possibilities and Limitations of Collective Rationality," which
was the opening lecture in the series "The City: Organism
and Artifact," sponsored by The University of Chicago,
the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Chicago Chapter
of the American Institute of Architects, in cooperation with
the Art Institute of Chicago, 10 October 1944.