Hayek's Liberal Inheritance

Chandran Kukathas

in Hayek and Modern Liberalism

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198273264
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684029 | DOI:
Hayek's Liberal Inheritance

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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

Chapter.  11013 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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