The Constitution of Liberty.

First Edition of F.A. Hayek’s Classic Treatise The Constitution of Liberty

The Constitution of Liberty.

HAYEK, Friedrich August von [F.A.].


Item Number: 143609

Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1960.

First edition of Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, pencil marginalia.

Co-winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics and a prominent member of the "Austrian School" of economic thought, F.A. Hayek went "beyond [Ludwig von] Mises in reformulating the notion of economic coordination as an information problem, competition acting essentially as a discovery process" (Blaug, 557). Hayek's main contributions as an economist have been his arguments about the benefits of free markets and the information provided by prices. These arguments lead to the conclusion that attempts to alter or control markets should be opposed because they inevitably limit individual freedom, reduce economic efficiency and lower living standards. Markets, for Hayek, were self-regulating devices that promote prosperity. Government policy and other attempts to hinder the workings of markets make us worse off economically and reduce individual liberty" (Pressman, 119). The Constitution of Liberty, written for a general audience on the occasion of the centennial of John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, provides "a positive statement of the principles of a free society" and "a thorough exposition of a social philosophy which ranges from ethics and anthropology through jurisprudence and the modern welfare state." "One of the great political works of our time, . . . the twentieth-century successor to John Stuart Mill's essay, 'On Liberty" (Henry Hazlitt). Named by Modern Library as one of top 100 books of non-fiction of the twentieth century and by The Times Literary Supplement as one of the most hundred influential books since World War II.

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