The Just World Fallacy was first discovered and developed by Melvin J. Lerner and his colleagues at the University of Kentucky and the University of Waterloo. Since that time, numerous others have studied the phenomenon as well.


  • Lerner, Melvin (1980). The in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion. Plenum: New York.
  • Ross, Michael and Dale T. Miller, eds. (2002). The Just Motive in Everyday Life. Cambridge.
  • Rubin, Zick and Letitia Anne Peplau (1975). “Who Believes in a Just World.” Journal of Social Issues. Vol. 31 No. 3.

As for me, my name is Riley Haas. I have moved my work on the Just World Fallacy to my substack.