October 16, 2015 Print

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The world is unfathomably complex, and no person or computer could possess the knowledge necessary to understand and manage it all. Nobody explained this better than the economist Friedrich A. Hayek, who devoted his Nobel acceptance speech to the subject. The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC) has named its visiting scholar program after Hayek, and recently announced that the 2015-16 Hayek scholar will be Dr. Kimberly Hale.

Hale will be teaching American political thought while working on her second book, scheduled to be published in 2016, about how genetic engineering and artificial intelligence is portrayed in film. She holds a doctorate in political theory from Louisiana State University, and wrote both her dissertation and her first book on Sir Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis.

“I was fascinated by the way science and political philosophy interact in Francis Bacon’s work,” Hale explained. “I believe that the principles of classical liberalism are essential for maintaining a free society. At the same time, modern science and technology have irrevocably changed the way we understand politics. The political, philosophical, and scientific ideals of the Enlightenment find their origin in the thought of Bacon; I wanted to investigate that further.”

There have been five previous Hayek visiting scholars with CISC, most notably Andrew Bernstein, who has authored eight books, hosts a radio show, and has lectured internationally about the history of capitalism. His expertise contributed to the educational mission of CISC.

Atlas Network partner CISC is located at Clemson University, and aims to educate the public about the foundations of capitalism. The institute offers scholarships, public events, and a number of economics courses. CISC’s Lyceum Scholars program offers a $10,000 scholarship and an opportunity to advance free-market principles through a sequence of eight courses.