Advanced Topics in Liberty

Hayek on Liberty

Conference for Students & Recent Graduates - Jan 24-26, 2014

Discussion Leader: Diana Thomas

Session I - Discussion: Central Planning.

Hayek, Friedrich A. The Road to Serfdom with The Intellectuals and Socialism. London: Institute for Economic Affairs, 2005. “The Road to Serfdom” (pages 39–70).

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek: Socialism and War: Essays, Documents, Reviews. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1997. Chapter 11, “The Intellectuals and Socialism” (pages 221–237).

Session II - Discussion: The Knowledge Problem.

Hayek, Friedrich A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review 35, No. 4 (September 1945): 519–530. Entire article.

Hayek, F.A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek: Socialism and War: Essays, Documents, Reviews. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1997. Chapter 9, “Freedom and the Economic System [1939]” (pages 189–211).

Session III - Discussion: The Constitution of Liberty.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek, Volume 17: The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. “Introduction” (pages 47–54), Chapter 1, “Liberty and Liberties” (pages 57–72), Chapter 2, “The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization” (pages 73–90), and Chapter 3, “The Common Sense of Progress” (pages 91–106).

Session IV - Discussion: Spontaneous Order.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 17: The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Chapter 4, “Freedom, Reason, and Tradition” (pages 107–132), selections from Chapter 5, “Responsibility and Freedom,” Sections 5–8 (pages 141–147), Chapter 6, “Equality, Value, and Merit” (pages 148–165), and Chapter 7, “Majority Rule” (pages 166–183).

Session V - Discussion: Order and the Rule of Law.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 17: The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Chapter 10, “Law, Commands, and Order” (pages 215–231), Chapter 11, “The Origins of the Rule of Law” (pages 232–260), Chapter 13, “Liberalism and Administration: The Rechtsstaat” (pages 287–307), and Chapter 14, “The Safeguards of Individual Liberty” (pages 308–328).

Session VI - Discussion: Hayek, Classical Liberalism, and Conservatism.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 17: The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Postscript, “Why I am Not a Conservative” (pages 519–533).

Modugno, Roberta A., editor. Murray N. Rothbard vs. The Philosophers: Unpublished Writings on Hayek, Mises, Strauss, and Polanyi. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2009. Chapter 2, “Confidential Memo on F. A. Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty” (pages 61–70), and Chapter 3, “Letter on The Constitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek” (pages 71–78).