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Hayek and Modern Liberalism$
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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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Hayek's Liberal Inheritance

Hayek's Liberal Inheritance

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(p.20) 1 Hayek's Liberal Inheritance
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Hayek and Modern Liberalism
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Chandran Kukathas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273264.003.0002

This chapter examines Hayek's liberal inheritance in the thought of David Hume and Kant. As political philosophers, Hume and Kant contrast sharply with each other. While both these thinkers of the Enlightenment defended liberal views of justice which stressed the importance of the rule of law, the maintenance of property distinctions, and distribution according to individual entitlement or rights, they offered very different justifications for such similar positions. This chapter shows why this contrast is significant in understanding Hayek's political philosophy.

Keywords:   Hayek, liberal inheritance, David Hume, Kant, Enlightenment, justice, rule of law, rights, political philosophy

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