2004年02月16日

Hayek on Tradition

[http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/17_1/17_1_2.pdf]

Hayek on Tradition

By Edward Feser

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Traditional morality is rejected today as commonly as it was once

taken for granted. And if the specific content of that morality, especially

where it touches on matters of sexuality, is widely regarded with

contempt, the metaethical notion that one ought to respect a moral

code precisely because it is traditional gets even worse treatment: It

is held to be beneath contempt. Modern educated people take it to be

a sign of their modernity and education that they refuse to accept the

legitimacy of any institution or code of behavior, however widespread,

ancient, and venerable, which has not been rationally justified. Traditional

morality stands doubly damned in their eyes: It is not rationally

justifiable, and its adherents fail even to attempt to justify it so. The

traditional moralist, they take it, is a slave not merely to the “conventional

wisdom” but to the conventional wisdom of people long dead.

He is in the grip of irrationality, superstition, and ignorance; worst of

all, he is out of date.
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