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"Social justice" is one of the terms used most often in ethical and political discourse. It is also a term used with the least care. Michael Novak, the George Frederick Jewett Chair Emeritus at AEI, will discuss the origin, early development, and contemporary misuses of "social justice," and propose a return to its original meaning as a new virtue of association.
Question and Answer
Adjournment and Wine and Cheese Reception
American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Michael Novak, a theologian, author, and former US ambassador, is the George Frederick Jewett Chair Emeritus in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at AEI and a visiting scholar at Ave Maria University. He is the 1994 recipient of the million-dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Mr. Novak has written twenty-six influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His writings have appeared in every major Western language, and in Bengali, Korean, and Japanese. Mr. Novak’s masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, was published underground in Poland in 1984; after 1989 in Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Hungary, Bangladesh, and Korea; and many times in Latin America. His latest book is No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers. For his work and influence, he has received many international awards.