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A Social Morality for Mortals


Peter J. Boettke


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Rosolino A. Candela


George Mason University

September 8, 2014

Forthcoming, The Review of Austrian Economics

Abstract:     
This essay praises Gerald Gaus’s The Order of Public Reason as a building block for all normative explorations into the institutional foundations of human sociability. It evaluates the normative implications put forth by Gaus in terms of the Kirzner’s “finder’s keeper’s ethic.” This raises a question about the relationship between the moral order and the political order that underlies market processes. Examining the role of entrepreneurship in the market process in relation to Kirzner’s “finder’s keeper’s principle” suggests a deeper ethical foundation that underpins the institutional conditions of “social morality.”

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: Gerald Gaus, Israel Kirzner, Socialist Calculation Debate, political economy

JEL Classification: B2, B53, P16


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Date posted: September 9, 2014 ; Last revised: August 2, 2016

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Boettke, Peter J. and Candela, Rosolino A., A Social Morality for Mortals (September 8, 2014). Forthcoming, The Review of Austrian Economics. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2493119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2493119

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Peter J. Boettke
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Rosolino A. Candela (Contact Author)
George Mason University ( email )
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Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
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