Defining Social Justice

From the December 2000 Print Edition

Last year marked the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Hayek, among whose many contributions to the twentieth century was a sustained and animated put—down of most of the usages of the term “social justice.” I have never encountered a writer, religious or philosophical, who . . . . Continue Reading »

Economics as Humanism

From the October 1997 Print Edition

For more than a century now economics has been advanced and practiced as a science, on the model of physics and mathematics. It was not always so. From Adam Smith’s Inquiry into the Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations in 1776 until well after the publication of John Stuart Mill’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Aquinas and the Heretics

From the December 1995 Print Edition

Some time ago, I wrote an essay claiming St. Thomas as the first Whig, one of the founders of “the party of liberty.” One antecedent to this claim comes in the essays of Lord Acton on the origins of the idea of liberty, and other antecedents in the political writings of Jacques Maritain, Thomas . . . . Continue Reading »