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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.

Like The 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."

Only one essay in Freedom & Reform was previously unpublished: "The Planful Act: The Possibilities and Limitations of Collective Rationality," which was the opening lecture in the series "The City: Organism and Artifact,"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.

Original Publication

Knight, Frank H. 1947. Freedom & Reform: Essays in Economics and Social Philosophy. New York and London: Harper & Bros.

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Subsequent Publication History
Knight, Frank H. 1969 [1947]. Freedom & Reform: Essays in Economics and Social Philosophy. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press.
Knight, Frank H. 1982. Freedom & Reform: Essays in Economics and Social Philosophy. With a new introduction by James M. Buchanan. Indianapolis: Liberty Press.

 


Freedom & Reform
Essays in Economics and Social Philosophy

Contents
  • Freedom as Fact and Criterion (1929)
  • Social Science and the Political Trend (1934)
  • Pragmatism and Social Action (1936)
  • Ethics and Economic Reform (1939)
  • Socialism: The Nature of the Problem (1940)
  • Religion and Ethics in Modern Civilization (1941)
  • The Meaning of Democracy: Its Politico-Economic Structure and Ideals (1941)
  • Science, Philosophy, and Social Procedure (1942)
  • Fact and Value in Social Science (1942)
  • Some Notes on the Economic Interpretation of History (1942)
  • The Rights of Man and Natural Law (1944)
  • Human Nature and World Democracy (1944)
  • Economics, Political Science, and Education (1944)
  • The Planful Act: The Possibilities and Limitations of Collective Rationality
  • The Sickness of Liberal Society (1946)

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