(3 volumes) London: Routledge & Kegan Paul; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973, xi, 184 pp. A trilogy published in the following sequence:
- Vol. I, Rules and Order, 1973
- Vol. II, The Mirage of Social Justice, 1976
- Vol. III, The Political Order of a Free People, 1979
Law, Legislation and Liberty is the 1973 magnum opus in three volumes by Nobel laureate economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek. In it, Hayek further develops the philosophical principles he discussed earlier in The Road to Serfdom, The Constitution of Liberty, and other writings. Law, Legislation and Liberty is more abstract than Hayek’s earlier work, and it focuses on the conflicting views of society as either a design, a made order (“taxis”), on the one hand, or an emergent system, a grown order (“cosmos”), on the other. These ideas are then connected to two different forms of law: law proper, or “nomos” coinciding more or less with the traditional concept of natural law, which is an emergent property of social interaction, and legislation, or “thesis”, which is properly confined to the administration of non-coercive government services, but is easily confused with the occasional acts of legislature that do actually straighten out flaws in the nomos.