Political Theory

Liberty, Redistribution, and Social Justice


This conference explored the classical liberal responses to and conceptions of theories of social justice, redistribution, poverty, and minimal income. Different perspectives within classical liberalism, as well as some criticisms of it, were considered with respect to all of these topics.


Conference Readings

Burke, Thomas Patrick. The Concept of Justice: Is Social Justice Just? London: Continuum, 2011.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice [Phoenix series]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976.

Murray, Charles. In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. Washington, DC: The AEI Press, 2006.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1974.

Schmidtz, David and Jason Brennan. A Brief History of Liberty. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Schwartz, Joel. Fighting Poverty with Virtue: Moral Reform and America’s Urban Poor, 1825-2000. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Tomasi, John. Free Market Fairness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Van Parijs, Philippe. Real Freedom for All: What (If Anything) Can Justify Capitalism? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Zwolinski, Matt. “Classical Liberalism and the Basic Income.” Basic Income Studies 6, no. 2 (January 2012): 1-14.