Political Theory

Liberty, Property, and the Nature of Law


This conference explored the nature of the rule of law and whether law is best understood in formal or substantive terms. We also considered the ways in which different understandings of the rule of law affect the prospects for liberty.


Conference Readings

Fuller, Lon L. “Positivism and Fidelity to Law: A Reply to Professor Hart.” Harvard Law Review 71, No. 4 (February 1958): 630-672.

Hart, H. L. A. “Positivism and the Separation of Law and Morals.” Harvard Law Review 71, no. 4 (February 1958): 593-629.

Hayek, F. A. The Political Ideal of the Rule of Law. Cairo: National Bank of Egypt, 1955.

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature [reprinted from the original edition in three volumes]. Edited by L. A. Selby-Bigge, M. A. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1896.

Kant, Immanuel. Metaphysical Elements of Justice, 2nd edition [the complete text of the Metaphysics of Morals, Part 1]. Translated by John Ladd. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999.

Mill, John Stuart, “On Liberty” In On Liberty and The Subjection of Women, New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1879. 1-204. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/347 (accessed from the Online Library of Liberty).

Oakeshott, Michael. On Human Conduct. Oxford: Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991 [1975].