Steven Hayward

Steven Hayward

Visiting Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy

Visions of Justice:

From Conservatism to Postmodernism


Justice today typically comes in hyphenated forms. There’s social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and even spacial justice. Many of these views offer a powerful critique of the classical idea that justice is grounded in human reason. This seminar will introduce students to some popular views of justice and their contemporary importance. First we will examine two leading conservative thinkers and then conclude by looking at some influential liberal and postmodern critics. Pizza will be served.

Dates: Tuesdays on 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, and 11/5

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Seminar Schedule:

10/15: Isaiah Berlin, “Two Concepts of Liberty” ; “Political Judgement” (optional)
10/22: Freidrich von Hayek, “The Use of Knowledge in Society“; “Social Justice” (optional); and “Social Justice Notes” (optional)
10/29: Michael Oakeshott, “On Being Conservative“; “Rationalism in Politics” (optional)  
11/5:  Richard Rorty, “Relativism” and “Truth without Correspondence to Reality.”

Location: 2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all UC Berkeley, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.