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Hayek and Modern Liberalism

Chandran Kukathas


In the history of modern liberal political thought the work of F. A. Hayek stands out as one of the most significant contributions to liberal theory since J. S. Mill. This book critically examines the nature and coherence of Hayek's defence of liberal principles, and tries both to identify its weaknesses and to show why it makes such an important contribution to contemporary political theory. The book argues that Hayek's defence of liberalism is unsuccessful because it rests on presuppositions, which are philosophically incompatible. The unresolved dilemma of Hayek's political philosophy is ho ... More

Keywords: F. A. Hayek, J. S. Mill, liberal principles, political theory, political philosophy, social processes, political principles

Bibliographic Information

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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Chandran Kukathas, author
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