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Chandran Kukathas

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273264.001.0001

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Introduction Hayek's Enterprise

Introduction Hayek's Enterprise

(p.1) Introduction Hayek's Enterprise
Hayek and Modern Liberalism

Chandran Kukathas

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates F. A. Hayek's enterprise and assesses his contribution to modern political theory and liberal theory in particular. It focuses on the question of coherence of the philosophical assumptions which underlie Hayek's attempt to offer a justification of the liberal social order. It shows how Hayek's view of the nature of human knowledge and his account of the nature of social order lead him to develop arguments for liberalism grounded in an anti-rationalist stance. It also shows how his desire to secure this defence in a set of normative principles upholding individual freedom lead him to adopt a more rationalist approach to justifying his liberal theory of justice.

Keywords:   F. A. Hayek, political theory, liberal theory, liberal social order, social order, liberalism, freedom, justice

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