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Introduction Hayek's Enterprise

Chandran Kukathas

in Hayek and Modern Liberalism

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198273264
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273264.003.0001
Introduction Hayek's Enterprise

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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

Chapter.  7866 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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