A new book from Eugene Miller and the Institute of Economic Affairs. (Online PDF version included the Introduction and Chapters 10, 11 and 15 of the book). Abstract:
F. A. Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty has had a profound effect on the thinking of a generation of scholars, students and even politicians. There is a sense in which it is regarded as a manifesto of traditional liberalism. But the book has a complex underlying argument, and the philosophy is often difficult to understand for the non-specialist reader. This monograph, in the great tradition of IEA publications, both summarises and interprets the argument of The Constitution of Liberty for a non-specialist audience. It does so by setting Hayek’s seminal book in the context of his earlier and later works.
This Occasional Paper by Eugene Miller is so full of original insights that it will also act as a very useful companion volume for those studying The Constitution of Liberty in an academic setting. Indeed, it will also prove an invaluable work of reference for all who are interested in defending and promoting liberty.
‘With this clear, concise, and nuanced account of the major themes of Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty, Eugene Miller has done an invaluable service to Hayekian scholarship. It is a wonderful essay. Every student of Hayek’s ideas is in his debt.’ — Professor Bruce Caldwell, General Editor, The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek
About the Author:
Dr Eugene F. Miller (1935–2010) was a professor of political science at the University of Georgia from 1967 until his retirement in 2003. He was a student in the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (PhD, 1965), where he wrote a dissertation on David Hume. F. A. Hayek chaired Miller’s dissertation committee, whose other members were Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey. Miller edited David Hume’s Essays Moral, Political and Literary (Liberty Fund, 1985), and published articles on Hume, Strauss and Hayek. He also published on the American Founding, the nature of liberal education, the relationship between technology and politics, and the intellectual foundations of philanthropy.