Advanced Topics in Liberty

Hayek's Social and Political Thought

Conference for Humane Studies Fellows - March 15-17, 2013

Discussion Leaders: Mark Pennington & Georg Vanberg

Session 1: Market Competition as a Discovery Procedure

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

Hayek, Friedrich A. Individualism and Economic Order. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948, 1963, 1969, 1996. Chapter 5, “The Meaning of Competition” (pages 92–106).

Session 2: Spontaneous Orders and the Limits of Reason

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973, 1978. Chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis” (pages 35–54) and notes (pages 154–160).

Session 3: Individual Liberty 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) and Chapter 14, “The Safeguards of Individual Liberty” (pages 308–328).

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973, 1978. Chapter 4, “The Changing Concept of Law” (pages 72–93) and notes (pages 162–168).

Session 4: The Mirage of Social Justice

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 6, “Equality, Value, and Merit” (pages 148–165).

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976. Chapter 9, ““Social” or Distributive Justice” (pages 62–100) and notes (pages 183–184).

Session 5: The Evolution of Rules

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979, 1981. Epilogue, “The Three Sources of Human Values” (pages 153–176) and notes (pages 196–208).

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek, Volume 1: The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism. Edited by W.W. Bartley III. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988, 1989, 1991. Chapter 1, “Between Instinct and Reason” (pages 11–28).

Session 6: Democracy and Limited Government

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979, 1981. Chapter 12, “Majority Opinion and Contemporary Democracy” (pages 1–19), Chapter 16, “The Miscarriage of the Democratic Ideal: A Recapitulation” (pages 98–104), Chapter 18, “The Containment of Power and The Dethronement of Politics” (page 128–152), and notes (pages 177–182 and 191–196).