Hayek’s Appreciative Theory and Social Justice

Cowen, Nick (2020) Hayek’s Appreciative Theory and Social Justice. Cosmos + Taxis . ISSN 2291-5079

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Abstract

How can Hayek's epistemic institutionalism contribute to seeking social justice? I contribute to Peter Boettke’s project by bridging the gap between the Hayekian critique of social justice and its reception among normatively committed theorists and philosophers. I begin by summarizing some inter-related cases proposed by political theorists for rejecting Hayek’s critique of social justice. I add to Boettke’s resources some context around Hayek’s epistemology that establishes quite how deep the problem of coordination goes. I explain the necessary role that appreciative theory plays in our way of understanding the relationship between social morality and society. I then explain how appreciative theory goes some way to answering Hayek’s critics. This highlights the possible overlap between Rawlsian and Hayekian approaches to public policy. Finally, I outline how a positive research program might combine Hayekian insights with the pursuit of social justice, or at the very least the progressive amelioration of the conditions of the relatively disadvantaged.

Keywords:Hayek, political economy, social justice, political theory, distributive justice, rule of law
Subjects:L Social studies > L211 Liberalism
M Law > M240 Jurisprudence
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:38239
Deposited On:04 Nov 2019 09:44

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