Advanced Topics in Liberty

Liberty and Social Justice

Conference for Students – November 7-9, 2014

Discussion Leader: Professor Charlotte Thomas, Philosophy, Mercer University

Session I - Should Classical Liberals Embrace Positive Liberty?

Schmidtz, David and Jason Brennan. A Brief History of Liberty. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. “Introduction: Conceptions of Freedom” (pages 1–29).

Session II - Economic Liberty, Prosperity, and the Twilight of Modern Liberalism

Tomasi, John. Free Market Fairness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. Chapter 3, “Thinking the Unthinkable” (pages 57–86) and notes (pages 285–289).

Session III - Fairness and Free Markets

Tomasi, John. Free Market Fairness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. Chapter 4, “Market Democracy” (pages 87–122) and notes (pages 289–292).

Session IV - Is Social Justice Just?

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974. Selections from Chapter 7, “Distributive Justice” (pages 149–182) and notes (pages 344–348).

Burke, Thomas Patrick. The Concept of Justice: Is Social Justice Just? London: Continuum, 2011. Chapter 1, “The Problem of Justice” (pages 3–9) and notes (pages 208).

Session V - Classical Liberalism and the Concern for the Poor

Hayek, Friedrich A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976, 1978. Chapter 9, “‘Social’ or Distributive Justice” (pages 62–100) and notes (pages 175–183).

Tomasi, John. Free Market Fairness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. Chapter 5, “Social Justicitis” (pages 123–161) and notes (pages 292–299).

Session VI - Should Classical Liberals Support an Unconditional Basic Income?

Murray, Charles. In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2006. Chapter 1, “The Plan” (pages 8–14), Chapter 2, “Basic Finances” (pages 15–22), Chapter 5, “Poverty” (pages 52–60), and Chapter 7, “Work Disincentives” (pages 72–79).

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