Liberty Responsibility, and Democratic Order in F. A. Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom”


This Socratic seminar aimed to bring together a group of scholars to reconsider F. A. Hayek’s acclaimed 1944 Road to Serfdom. By focusing heavily on Hayek’s classic text, together with a variety of contemporary reactions—favorable and otherwise—insight was gained in explaining the nature of the problem as Hayek understood it.


Conference Readings

Conspiracy. Directed by Frank Pierson. HBO Films: Santa Monica, CA, 2001. DVD.

Buchanan, James M. “Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum.” Public Choice 124 (2005): 19-31.

Director, Aaron. “Book Review: The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek.” The American Economic Review 35, no. 1 (March 1945): 173-175.

Durbin, E.F.M.. “Professor Hayek on Economic Planning and Political Liberty.” The Economic Journal (Dec 1945): 357-370.

Hanson. Economic Policy and Full Employment. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1947.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume II: The Road to Serfdom - Text and Documents - The Definitive Edition. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Keynes, J.M.. John Maynard Keynes, vol. XXVII. Edited by Moggridge, Donald. London: Macmillan, 1980.

Pigou, A.C.. “Review.” The Economic Journal (June-Sept 1944): 217-219.

Schumpeter, Joseph. “Review.” Journal of Political Economy (June 1946): 269-270.

Wiles, P.J. de la F.. “The Political and Social Prerequisites for a Soviet-Type Economy.” Economica 34, no. 133 (Feb 1967): 1-19.