F.A. Hayek (Major Conservative and Liberterian Thinkers 13) (London: Continuum, 2010)

176 pp. ISBN: 978-0-826-43599-6.

Austrian-born economist and political theorist Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) was one of the most influential and wide-ranging thinkers of the 20th century. Making important contributions to economic, political, legal and social theory, he also provided much of the intellectual impetus for the return to pro-market policies that has occurred over the last 40 years.

Hayek is an introductory text that is intended to appeal to both the Hayek scholar and the layman. It is also the first such text to appear on Hayek in twenty-five years. It is hoped that Hayek will be considered as the first point of reference for anybody keen to learn more about one of the most influential political thinkers of the last century.

The book takes a broad-based approach to Hayek’s corpus, offering the reader an accessible although comprehensive introduction to the major areas of his wide-ranging thought, including his social theory, as well as his economic, legal and political thought. Importantly, it also describes how the various aspects of his thought cohere and are unified by his philosophical views on the nature of human reason in modern mass, or ‘complex’, societies. Hayek is a timely addition to the Hayek literature as well as occupying an important niche in the market of Hayek studies and political theory more generally.

Contents:

  1. Hayek’s Life and Times
  2. Epistemology and Social Theory
  3. Economics, the State and Social Justice
  4. Political and Legal Theory
  5. Democracy and the Model Constitution
  6. Reception, Influence and Contemporary Relevance

Adam Tebble is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Buckingham. His research interests include contemporary liberal political theory, with a specialisation in classical liberalism, the idea of social justice, the politics of culture and identity, and the idea of public communication.

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