A repetitious, but necessary critique of the concept of social justice. He emphasizes
spontaneous order supported by the abstract principles of justice as the only way
to achieve a Great Society. His abstract style of writing makes this already abstract
concept more difficult to understand. He gives too much credit to the emotional
appeal of the other side and not enough to the emotions that support his own position.
I think it is not possible and not necessary for most people to appreciate the
spontaneous order that abstract principles of justice make possible. People can be
as enthusiastic in support of correct principles of justice as about social justice
if the appeal is made to their sense of justice rather than to their intellectual
understanding of sociology. Nonetheless, this book is a valuable advance in the
intellectual discussion of justice and sociology.
Year Read: 1977
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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