LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
Catholic Social Teaching and Hayek's Critique of Social Justice
Controversy surrounding the meaning of social justice has dominated many discussions of political economy, at least since F. A. Hayek published The Mirage of Social Justice as the second volume of Law, Legislation and Liberty in 1976. The subject divides political economists, philosophers, and theologians. It is also used to place a divide between Christian social thought and those Christians who might be sympathetic toward Hayekian thinking. Indeed, some argue that, since Hayek regarded social justice as a mirage (amongst many other negative descriptions), his thinking on matters of politics and economics is incompatible with a Christian view of social policy and political organization. However, there are several points of misunderstanding in these debates. For example, it is not clear whether Hayek's critique of social justice's Christian origins was well founded.
Booth, Philip and Petersen, Matias
"Catholic Social Teaching and Hayek's Critique of Social Justice,"
LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture: Vol. 23:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://ir.stthomas.edu/logos/vol23/iss1/4
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