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The Warm Liberalism of Erik Gustaf Geijer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3878-0930
George Mason University.
2018 (English)In: Springer Society, ISSN 0147-2011, Vol. 55, no 5, p. 407-410Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The name Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783–1847) is little known outside of Sweden, but the volume Freedom in Sweden: Selected Works of Erik Gustaf Geijer (Geijer 2017) translates choice works and presents Geijer to modern readers. In this essay we provide an introduction to Geijer (pronounced yay-yer). We raise the question of whether his declaring, in 1838, in dramatic fashion, for liberalism was an ideological migration or a coming out of the closet. We discuss the scope and flavor of his discourse, and suggest that he belongs in the company of moral philosophers and historians of civilization such as David Hume, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and Alexis de Tocqueville. We highlight his essay “An Economic Dream,” which prefigured Hayek’s likening of the price system to an allegory of society-spanning communication and intelligence.

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2018. Vol. 55, no 5, p. 407-410
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Christianity, Markets, Social cohesion
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357602DOI: 10.1007/s12115-018-0277-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-357602DiVA, id: diva2:1239788
Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-08-17 Last updated: 2018-12-06Bibliographically approved

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