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  Аndrey Prokofyev The Concept of «Social Justice» in the Works of J.S. Mill
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Аndrey Prokofyev The Concept of «Social Justice» in the Works of J.S. Mill

The paper deals with the analysis of the formation of the concept of social justice in the works of J.S. Mill. The author states that Mill was one of the first thinkers who carried out the full-scale change in social ethics having returned the distributional agenda into the theory of justice. It was Mill who imparted the status of special normative category to the concept of social justice. In spite of the opinion of F.A. von Hayek and J. Grey that the British utilitarianist did not take into account some negative consequences of his conception of social justice for individual liberties and economic efficiency of society, an integrated analysis of Mill’s ethical, economic, journalistic works shows that he deeply thought over all potential threats and proposed some means of counteracting them.

 

Keywords: History of the Social Ethics, Social Justice, Distributive Justice, Utilitarianism, J.S. Mill Socialism.