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Rediscovery of the ‘Rule of Law’ in Hayek

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
  • Nicholas Capaldi
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

Abstract

We focus on Hayek’s retrieval of the ‘rule of law.’ The first part examines Hayek’s critique of Kelsen’s positivism (Cairo lecture of 1955 and the Constitution of Liberty). Hayek provided an account of the failure of Continental law to adopt the ‘rule of law’ that he attributed largely to positivism and the relation of positivism to legislation (politics) and collectivism. The second part focuses on the transformation of legal positivism into analytic jurisprudence in Rawls and Dworkin. The third part focuses on Hayek’s largely ignored critique of transformed positivism and his deeper defense of the ‘rule of law’ (via Oakeshott) in Law, Legislation, and Liberty.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
    • 1
  • Nicholas Capaldi
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern University Law CenterBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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