The term “social justice” has varying modern connotations, both good and bad. But where did the concept come from, and what did it originally mean? Mary FioRito explains how social justice originated in Catholic social teaching as a way to describe the optimal balance of individual liberty and the common good for society.
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Learn more about Mary FioRito:
Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is
The Origins of Social Justice: Taparelli d’Azeglio
Is Social Justice Just? The Justice of Economic Opportunity
Is Social Justice Just? The Moral Obligations of Social Justice
Is Social Justice Just? Why Income Inequality is Just
A History of Social Justice