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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Free Market Fairness by John Tomasi

Can libertarians care about social justice? John Tomasi argues that they can and should.

Wednesday 2 May 2012 13.00 - 14.00
PPR, 4th Floor, 13-14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF

Speaker: John Tomasi professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Brown University and author of 'Free Market Fairness'

Chair: Nick Pearce Director, IPPR

In Free Market Fairness, 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.

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 poses a new approach social justice. The idea of 'free market fairness', argues Tomasi, with its twin commitment to economic liberty and a fair distribution of goods and opportunities, provides a morally superior account of justice than familiar social democratic interpretations.

John Tomasi is professor of political science at Brown University and formerly visiting fellow at Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford universities, and at the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona. He is the author of 'Free Market Fairness' Princeton) and 'Liberalism Beyond Justice' (Princeton)

Join us for a fascinating discussion with John and others on libertarianism and approaches to social justice.

We would be delighted if you were able to attend this talk and contribute to the discussion however places are limited. If you would like to attend please RSVP to