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Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice

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F. A. Hayek mademanyvaluable contributions to the field of economics as well as to the disciplines of philosophy and politics. This volume represents the second of Hayek's comprehensive three-part study of the relations between law and liberty. Here, Hayek expounds his conviction that he continued unexamined pursuit of "social justice" will contribute to the erosion of per ...more
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Published October 15th 1978 by University Of Chicago Press (first published October 1st 1976)
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Otto Lehto
I have reviewed the other volumes elsewhere. I think they all support each other, but the second volume is perhaps the one that is the most controversial - and also most repetitive of the stuff he already said in Constitution of Liberty, which I still think is Hayek's best work.

Volume 2 is primarily a negative book: a critique of the notion of "social justice." Hayek argues that a complex market society, where individuals are free to pursue their own ends, cannot and should not have a unified co
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Eric Stein
Law and governance having been dealt with, Hayek turns to the chimera of social justice.
Judge
I'm a Hayek zealot, so of course I loved the book. It confirms - and demonstrates very persuasively - what I have long intuitively believed: "social justice" is a completely meaningless expression.
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Friedrich August von Hayek CH was an Austrian and British economist and philosopher known for his defense of classical liberalism and free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thought. He is considered by some to be one of the most important economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century. Hayek's account of how changing prices communicate signals which enable indivi ...more
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