Free Market Fairness

ISBN-10: 0691158142
ISBN-13: 9780691158143
Edition: 2012
Authors: John Tomasi
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Can libertarians care about social justice? InFree Market Fairness, John Tomasi argues that they can and should. Drawing simultaneously on moral insights from defenders of economic liberty such as F. A. Hayek and advocates of social justice such as John Rawls, Tomasi presents a new theory of liberal justice. This theory, free market fairness, is committed to both limited government and the material betterment of the poor. Unlike traditional libertarians, Tomasi argues that property rights are best defended not in terms of self-ownership or economic efficiency but as requirements of democratic legitimacy. At the same time, he encourages egalitarians concerned about social justice to listen more sympathetically to the claims ordinary citizens make about the importance of private economic liberty in their daily lives. In place of the familiar social democratic interpretations of social justice, Tomasi offers a "market democratic" conception of social justice: free market fairness. Tomasi argues that free market fairness, with its twin commitment to economic liberty and a fair distribution of goods and opportunities, is a morally superior account of liberal justice. Free market fairness is also a distinctively American ideal. It extends the notion, prominent in America's founding period, that protection of property and promotion of real opportunity are indivisible goals. Indeed, according to Tomasi, free market fairness is social justice, American style.Provocative and vigorously argued,Free Market Fairnessoffers a bold new way of thinking about politics, economics, and justice--one that will challenge readers on both the left and right.

John Tomasi is professor of political science at Brown University, where he is also the founder and director of Brown's Political Theory Project. Tomasi holds degrees in political philosophy from the University of Oxford and the University of Arizona. He has held visiting fellowships and positions at Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford universities, and at the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona. He is the author of "Liberalism Beyond Justice" (Princeton).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Classical Liberalism
Properly and Equality
Market Society
America
Hayek
Classical Liberalism
High Liberalism
Property or Equality
The Decline of Economic Liberty
Rawls
The Libertarian Moment
Liberalismus Sapiens Sapiens
Thinking the Unthinkable
The Great Fact: Economic Growth
Populism, Probability and Political Philosophy
Economic Liberty and Democratic Legitimacy
Endings, and Beginnings, Too
Market Democracy
The Conceptual Space
Breaking Ice
Market Democracy as a Research Program
Institutions
The Challenges to Market Democracy
Social Justicitis
The Distributional Adequacy Condition
Hit Parade: Property and the Poor
Hayek's Critique
Benadryl for Free-Marketeers
Two Concepts of Fairness
Warming up to Market Democracy
Applying the Theory
The Argument Ipse Dixit
Justice as Fairness: Status or Agency?
Feasibility, Normativity, and Institutional Guarantees
The Twilight of Left Liberalism?
Realistic Utopianism
Aims and Guarantees
Free Market Fairness
The Difference Principle
Fair Equality of Opportunity
Political Liberty
Generational, Environmental, and International Justice
Free Market Fairness as a Moral Ideal
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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