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Enforced Equality Or—Justice?

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07/30/2014Antony G. N. Flew

In the Preface to me Mirage of Social Justice, the second volume of his trilogy on Law,Legislation and Liberty, F. A. Hayek explained that "circumstances have contributed to delay the publication of the second volume of this work." The chief circumstance was "dissatisfaction with the original version of the central chapter . . . in which I had tried to show for a large number of instances that what was claimed as demanded by 'social justice' could not be justice because the under- lying consideration (one could hardly call it a principle) was not capable of general application." Hayek was dissatisfied because he had now become convinced . . . that "the people who habitually employ the phrase simply do not know themselves what they mean by it, and just use it as an assertion that a claim is justified without giving a reason for it."

This paper proposes to challenge this conclusion, arguing that Hayek's first thoughts were more nearly correct.

Volume 8, Number 1 (1986)


Antony G. N. Flew

Antony G. N. Flew (1923-2010) was emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Reading in England. 

Cite This Article

Flew, Antony. "Enforced Equality—Or Justice?" Journal of Libertarian Studies 8, No. 1 (1986): 31–41.

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