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Reason and Ethics

by George H. Smith on Aug 26, 2016

Smith criticizes Hume’s claim that reason cannot motivate actions, and explains how moral sense philosophers dealt with the problem of differing moral standards.

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Ideas, Human Action, and Social Change

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 24, 2016

George H. Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.

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Lives of the Necromancers, Part I

by William Godwin in 1834

“If we would know man in all his subtleties, we must deviate into the world of miracles and sorcery…It is here that man is most astonishing.”

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Do We Have a Moral Sense?

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2016

Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.

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State and Society, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 17, 2016

George H. Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.

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The Twelve-Year Sentence: Introduction

by David Boaz, William Rickenbacker, and Benjamin Rogge in 1974

“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”

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The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism

featuring William Irwin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 12, 2016

William Irwin joins us to talk about existentialism and libertarianism. What did thinkers like Sartre and Neitzsche have to say about capitalism and human freedom?

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Replacing Rome, Part II: The Visigothic Code

by Anonymous in 642 C.E.

When the Roman Empire collapsed, society persisted and new regimes thrived.  Europe quickly became a patchwork of new and competing socio-political orders.