Living well requires autonomy and reality-orientation.
Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.
What we know of Socrates comes second-hand. How much is true?
Smith explains Kant’s notion of the “unsocial sociability” of human nature, and how these antagonistic tendencies generate human progress.
Should we just do whatever we can get away with, justice be damned?
In the Enlightenment natural law tradition, we can discern what rights we have by reason alone.
Pamela Hobart reviews William Irwin’s book The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism.
Several different views on justice were adopted by—or at least attributed to—the Sophists.
Though he was misled by the labor theory of value, much of Ingalls’s thought is right at home in the libertarian tradition.
Most of what we know of the Sophists comes from their enemies. Who were they, really?
Smith explains Kant’s basic justification of government and why he opposed the rights of resistance and revolution.
Thucydides paints a nuanced picture of Athens, contrasting its domestic and foreign policies.
Immorality often has bad consequences, for individuals and also for societies.
Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War looks at political events without romance.
Kuznicki explores the implications of libertarian radicalism being based on epistemic humility.
Smith discusses how Kant used his theory of property rights to justify government, and how he distinguished physical possession from rightful ownership.
Herodotus’ writings on the Greco-Persian wars contain insights into Greek political thought.
How Star Wars explains our troubling presidential race.