In this classic work Hayek restates the ideals of freedom that he believes have guided, and must continue to guide, the growth of Western civilization. Hayek's book, first published in 1960, urges us to clarify our beliefs in today's struggle of political ideologies. "The Constitution of Liberty" is a thorough exposition of a social philosophy ...Read MoreIn this classic work Hayek restates the ideals of freedom that he believes have guided, and must continue to guide, the growth of Western civilization. Hayek's book, first published in 1960, urges us to clarify our beliefs in today's struggle of political ideologies. "The Constitution of Liberty" is a thorough exposition of a social philosophy which ranges from ethics and anthropology through jurisprudence and the history of ideas to the economics of the modern welfare state. First, the author analyzes the ethical foundations of a free society in which liberty is not merely a value but the very source and condition of all moral values. Next, he examines the institutions that Western societies have developed to secure individual liberty. In the final section, the author discusses the relations between a free-enterprise system and a socialist one, givng a full account of the goals and methods of the present-day welfare state. Hayek ultimately tests the principles of freedom by applying them to contemporary economic and social issues.Read Less
Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 498 p. Contains: Illustrations, black & white.
New. Working after the war, Hayek`s writing was very much against the tide of mainstream Keynesian economic thought. But in the 1970s and 1980s-the eras of Thatcherism and Reaganomics-he was championed as a prophet of neo-liberalism by those who were seeking to revolutionize the post-war social consensus. The Constitution of Liberty is crucial reading for all those seeking to understand ideas that have become the orthodoxy in the age of the globalized economy. Preface Introduction Part 1: The Value of Freedom 1. Liberty and Liberties 2. The Creative Powers of a Free Civilisation 3. The Common Sense of Progress 4. Freedom, Reason and Tradition 5. Responsibility and Freedom 6. Equality, Value and Merit 7. Majority Rule 8. Employment and Independence Part 2: Freedom and the Law 9. Coercion and the State 10. Law, Commands and Order 11. The Origins of the Rule of Law 12. The American Contribution: Constitutionalism 13. Liberalism and Administration: The Rechtsstaat 14. The Safeguards of Individual Liberty 15. Economic Policy and the Rule of Law 16. The Decline of the Law Part 3: Freedom in the Welfare State 17. The Decline of Socialism and the Rise of the Welfare State 18. Labor Unions and Employment 19. Social Security 20. Taxation and Redistribution 21. The Monetary Framework 22. Housing and Town Planning 23. Agriculture and Natural Resources 24. Education and Research: Postscript-Why I Am Not a Conservative Printed Pages: 512..
Hayek's Constitution of Liberty is considered his most important work. Thatcher slammed the book down in the House of Lords screaming, "That's what I believe." In this work, Hayek explores deeply the concept of freedom in light of economic considerations and in terms of the value of individuality. Hayek is generally a worthwhile read and best complemented by Karl Popper.
Jun 28, 2007
Very valuable book
This is THE book on classical liberty. Could not be further from today's lefty or so-called 'liberal' thinking, while the chapter on 'Why I am not a conservative' is a masterpiece. Wish I had read this book when I was very much younger!
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