A case against cultural evolution as a source of freedom

Dan Panaet
2013 Philosophy Series   unpublished
This paper aims to discuss how the process of cultural evolution can be seen as leading to the Hayekian idea of individual freedom understood as lack of arbitrary coercion from the part of others. My contention is that the process of cultural evolution gives rise to an improper form of freedom that does not make justice to the idea of individuals seen as ends in themselves. I argue that this happens because the concept of individual freedom is shaped by an essentially impersonal process and
more » ... nal process and tailored for the needs of a collective mechanism.