Hayek and the Scots on Liberty

GERALD P. O’DRISCOLL, JR
THE JOURNAL OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE 30.2 (2015): 1-19

Abstract: I trace the influence of a group of Scottish political and moral philosophers on F. A. Hayek’s thinking on liberty and classical liberalism. David Hume is the most notable; the list also includes Adam Ferguson, Dugald Stewart, and Adam Smith. In many cases, we have Hayek’s own words on these moral philosophers’ influence. I look at the Scots through Hayek’s eyes to understand their influence on him. My purpose is to present this important strand of classical liberal thought and its influence on Hayek’s own political and legal framework for liberty.