Hayek and social justice: a critique

  title={Hayek and social justice: a critique},
  author={Adam James Tebble},
  journal={Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy},
  pages={581 - 604}
  • Adam James Tebble
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Law
  • Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Hayek dismisses social justice on the grounds of its atavism, meaninglessness, unfeasibility and incompatibility with a liberal market society. Despite this, he concedes a role for the state in directly providing an economic minimum for those unable to provide one for themselves. This leaves his position in a profound self‐contradiction. On the one hand social justice is dismissed as an unworkable, atavistic ‘mirage’ whilst on the other a minimum safety net is defended on grounds which… 
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