“Unless we can make the philosophic foundations of a free society once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark. But if we can regain that belief in the power of ideas which was the mark of liberalism at its best, the battle is not lost . . .” – F.A. Hayek
2022 HAYEK BOOK PRIZE
The Manhattan Institute (MI) is pleased to announce that Joseph Henrich has won the 18th annual Hayek Book Prize for his book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020). Henrich received a $50,000 award and delivered the annual Hayek Lecture in New York City on June 8.
Henrich’s book, which analyzes the peculiarities of societies termed WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic), was among five other finalists:
- The Power of Creative Destruction, by Philippe Aghion, Céline Antonin, Simon Bunel (Harvard University Press, 2021)
- The Open Society and Its Complexities, by Gerald Gaus (Oxford University Press, 2021)
- Seven Deadly Economic Sins, by James Otteson (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
- The Sack of Detroit, by Kenneth Whyte (Alfred A. Knopf, 2021)
- The Aristocracy of Talent, by Adrian Wooldridge (Penguin Random House, 2021)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Political philosopher and Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek, author of groundbreaking works such as The Road to Serfdom and The Constitution of Liberty, was the key figure in the twentieth century revival of classical liberalism. He was also a formative influence on the Manhattan Institute. When our founder, Sir Antony Fisher, asked how best to reverse the erosion of freedom, Hayek advised him not to begin with politics per se but to fight first on the battlefield of ideas. Our Hayek Lecture and Prize affirm and celebrate this mission.
The Hayek Lecture is delivered by the recipient of the Hayek Prize, which honors the book published within the past two years that best reflects Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty. The Hayek Prize, with its $50,000 award, is among the world’s most generous book prizes. It was conceived and funded by Manhattan Institute trustee Tom Smith to recognize the influence of F.A. Hayek and to encourage other scholars to follow his example. The winner of the Hayek Prize is chosen from among the nominations by a selection committee of distinguished economists, journalists, and scholars. Past winners include: William Easterly for The White Man's Burden, Amity Shlaes for The Forgotten Man, Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds for Money, Markets & Sovereignty, Matt Ridley for The Rational Optimist, John Taylor for First Principles, Casey Mulligan for The Redistribution Recession, James Grant for The Forgotten Depression, and, in 2016, Philip Hamburger for Is Administrative Law Unlawful?