Friday, June 22, 2012

New book: "Free Market Fairness" by John Tomasi

Free Market Fairness

by John Tomasi

(Princeton University Press, 2012)

368 pages


"My new book, Free Market Fairness, draws on moral insights from defenders of economic liberty such as F.A. Hayek and advocates of social justice such as John Rawls. In Free Market Fairness I develop a hybrid theory of liberal justice, one committed to both limited government and the material betterment of the poor. Free market fairness seeks to combine the uncombinables: capitalism and democracy, private property and social justice, free markets and fairness, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Free market fairness, I believe, is social justice, American style." -John Tomasi


Introduction [pdf]

1. Classical Liberalism
2. High Liberalism
3. Thinking the Unthinkable
4. Market Democracy
5. Social Justicitis
6. Two Concepts of Fairness
7. Feasibility, Normativity, and Institutional Guarantees
8. Free Market Fairness


John Tomasi is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He is the author of "Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizens, Society and the Boundaries of Political Theory" (Princeton University Press, 2001).

See also John Tomasi's article "Social Justice, Free Market Style" [pdf] (Public Policy Research, May 2012)

Interviews and lectures on "Free Market Fairness":

* National Review Online [mp3]

* Cato Institute (April 2012)

* National Radio: Counterpoint (May 2012)

* Adam Smith Institute, London (May, 2012)

* The Glenn Loury Show (May, 2012)

Reviews of "Free Market Fairness":

* Samuel Brittan - "Free Market Fairness"
(Financial Times, May 6, 2012)

* Andrew Koppelman - "Free Market Fairness"
(Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 5, 2012)

* Adam Wolfson - "Occupy Common Ground"
(Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2012)

* David Gordon - "Free Market Fairness"
(The Mises Review)

A symposium on "Free Market Fairness":

* Samuel Freeman - "Can Economic Liberties Be Basic Liberties?"
  + Tomasi's reply

* Elizabeth Anderson - "Recharting the Map of Social and Political Theory" + Tomasi's reply part 1 and part 2

* Richard Arneson - "Free Market Fairness: John Rawls or J. S. Mill?"

* Will Wilkinson - "Market Democracy and Dirty Ideal Theory"
   + Tomasi's reply

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