Spontaneous Order: Language, Law and Liberty With Dr. Elaine Sternberg


This event from the UK think tank IEA hosts Elaine Sternberg to look at the powerful notion of spontaneous order.

Spontaneous order is an extremely widespread phenomenon, crucial for understanding human institutions as fundamental as language and the law, morals, markets and money.  It is also central to a key defense of individual liberty.  But although the role of the ‘invisible hand’ is generally appreciated by economists, the operation of spontaneous order is seldom recognised by others, and is often misunderstood.

Elaine Sternberg will investigate this powerful notion, and unpack confusions that may result from it being characterised as ‘the result of human action, but not of human design’.  She will also explore ways that spontaneous order might operate in often unsuspected arenas including academia and literature.

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