Theology & Philosophy

What We Owe to Each Other: Individual Freedom and the Boundaries of the Common Good


The colloquium analyzed the concepts of social justice and common good, as well as the concept of diffuse interests of society, in the contemporary political debate. The starting point was the challenge suggested by Hayek: does the idea of social justice make any sense? Is it not the fundamental role of the state to ensure the so-called negative rights and to protect individual freedom?


Conference Readings

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

Den Uyl, Douglas J. and Douglas B. Rasmussen. “Liberalism in Retreat.” The Review of Metaphysics 62, no. 4 (June 2009): 875-908.

Frankfurt, Harry G. The Importance of What We Care About. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

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

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. Edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Nussbaum, Martha C. Creating Capabilities. Cambridge: Harvard Belknap Press, 2011.

Parfit, Derek. “Equality and Priority.” Ratio 10 (December 1997): 201-221.

Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract. Translated by Maurice Cranston. London: Penguin Classics, 1968.

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

Wolff, Jonathan and Avner de-Shalit. Disadvantage. Edited by Will Kymlicka and David Miller. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.