The Theory of Liberty

Chandran Kukathas

in Hayek and Modern Liberalism

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198273264
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684029 | DOI:
The Theory of Liberty

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Political Theory


Show Summary Details


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

Chapter.  15104 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.