Advanced Topics in Liberty

Hayek's "Constitution of Liberty"

Conference for Humane Studies Fellows - March 2-4, 2012

Discussion Leaders: Georg Vanberg and James Otteson

Session I - What is Liberty and How does it Develop?

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 1978. “Introduction” (pages 1–8), Chapter 1, “Liberty and Liberties” (pages 11–21) and Chapter 9, “Coercion and the State” (pages 133–147).

Session II - Progress, Tradition, and Responsibility

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 1978. Chapter 2, “The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization” (pages 22–38), Chapter 3, “The Common Sense of Progress” (pages 39–53) and Chapter 4, “Freedom, Reason, and Tradition” (pages 54–70).

Session III - Equality, Merit, Value, and Majority Rule as Organizing Principles of Society

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 1978. Chapter 5, “Responsibility and Freedom” (pages 71–85), Chapter 6, “Equality, Value, and Merit” (pages 85–102) and Chapter 7, “Majority Rule” (pages 103–117).

Session IV - The Rule of Law and the Limits of Coercion

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 1978. Chapter 10, “Law, Commands, and Order” (pages 148–161), Chapter 11, “The Origins of the Rule of Law” (pages 162–175) and Chapter 16, “The Decline of the Law” (pages 234–249).

Session V - Constitutionalism, the “Rechtsstaat,” and other Safeguards of Individual Liberty

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 1978. Chapter 12, “The American Contribution Constitutionalism” (pages 176–192), Chapter 13, “Liberalism and Administration: The “Rechtsstaat” (pages 193–204) and Chapter 14, “The Safeguards of Individual Liberty” (pages 205–219).

Session VI - Contemporary Challenges to the Rule of Law

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 1978. Postscript, “Why I am Not a Conservative” (pages 397–411).

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 Murray N. Rothbard vs. The Philosophers: Unpublished Writings on Hayek, Mises, Strauss, and Polanyi.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