Hayek's the Constitution of Liberty - An Account of its Argument

101 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2010 Last revised: 17 Feb 2011

Date Written: September 16, 2010

Abstract

F. A. Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty has had a profound effect on the thinking of a generation of scholars, students and even politicians. There is a sense in which it is regarded as a manifesto of traditional liberalism. But the book has a complex underlying argument, and the philosophy is often difficult to understand for the non-specialist reader. This monograph, in the great tradition of IEA publications, both summarises and interprets the argument of The Constitution of Liberty for a non-specialist audience. It does so by setting Hayek’s seminal book in the context of his earlier and later works.

This Occasional Paper by Eugene Miller is so full of original insights that it will also act as a very useful companion volume for those studying The Constitution of Liberty in an academic setting. Indeed, it will also prove an invaluable work of reference for all who are interested in defending and promoting liberty.

Keywords: Liberalism, liberty, freedom, role of government, democracy

JEL Classification: H00, H10, H11

Suggested Citation

Miller, Eugene F., Hayek's the Constitution of Liberty - An Account of its Argument (September 16, 2010). Institute of Economic Affairs Monographs, Occasional Paper No. 144, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721416

Eugene F. Miller (Contact Author)

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