Law, Legislation and Liberty Volume II
by F. A. Hayek

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

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