First Edition of James M. Buchanan's The Limits of Liberty; Signed by Him
The Limits of Liberty: Between Anarchy and Leviathan.
Buchanan, James M.$2,000.00
Item Number: 3388
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1975.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s classic treatise concerning man’s freedom in society. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated in 2010 by the author. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the top front panel.
Published originally in 1975, The Limits of Liberty made James Buchanans name more widely known than ever before among political philosophers and theorists and established Buchanan, along with John Rawls and Robert Nozick, as one of the three new contractarians, standing on the shoulders of Hobbes, Locke, and Kant. "It is mainly concerned with two topics. One is an attempt to construct a new contractarian theory of the state, and the other deals with its legitimate limits. The latter is a matter of great practical importance and is of no small significance from the standpoint of political philosophy" (Scott Gordon, Journal of Political Economy).