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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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The Theory of Liberty

The Theory of Liberty

(p.130) 4 The Theory of Liberty
Hayek and Modern Liberalism

Chandran Kukathas

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how and why Hayek's social theory led him to develop a theory of liberty. It describes his arguments about the definitions of freedom, coercion, and law; the relations among freedom, law, and justice; and the nature of the institutions necessary to preserve justice. It also assesses the adequacy of Hayek's conception of liberty and his claim that liberty is sustained by the rule of law.

Keywords:   Hayek, social theory, theory of liberty, freedom, coercion, law, justice, liberty, rule of law

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