Economic Justice and the Virtue of Justice

Andrew Yuengert, Seaver Professor of Social Science and Professor of Economics, Pepperdine University

  • Date Mar 11, 2016
  • Venue Gough Hall, Eastern University
    1300 Eagle Rd.
    St. Davids, PA 19087

Because justice governs external actions, we can talk about justice both as a virtue internal to the person and as a standard of evaluation for social outcomes. Economics has little to say about justice, but what it does offer is in line with the modern emphasis on just outcomes instead of the virtue of justice. Professor Yuengert will outline and argue for the concept of justice as a virtue, explore what economics might offer to the virtue tradition.

Andrew M. Yuengert is the 2015-16 Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at the James Madison Program at Princeton. He is also the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Social Science, and a Professor of Economics at Seaver College, Pepperdine University. Professor Yuengert holds a PhD in economics from Yale University (1990). He has taught economics at Pepperdine since 1994. Before coming to Pepperdine, he was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Professor Yuengert has made research contributions in several fields: economic philosophy, Catholic Social Teaching, the empirical study of religion, labor economics, and finance. He is a former President of the Association of Christian Economists, and edited its journal, Faith & Economics. His most recent book is Approximating Prudence: Aristotelian Practical Wisdom and Economic Theories of Choice (Palgrave Macmillan 2012).

This event is part of the weekly Honors Forum series hosted by the Templeton Honors College. If you're interested in attending and are not a member of the Honors College, please contact Kelly Hanlon.