A Social Morality for Mortals: A Review Essay of The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World

11 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2014 Last revised: 21 Apr 2018

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Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Rosolino Candela

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Date Written: September 8, 2014

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.”

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

JEL Classification: B2, B53, P16

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Candela, Rosolino, A Social Morality for Mortals: A Review Essay of The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World (September 8, 2014). The Review of Austrian Economics, vol. 30, no. 3 (2017): 365-375. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2493119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2493119

Peter J. Boettke

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Rosolino Candela (Contact Author)

Mercatus Center at George Mason University ( email )

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