Explore

columns

Social Laws, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Aug 22, 2014

Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.

columns

Social Laws, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 8, 2014

Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.

columns

Social Laws, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Aug 1, 2014

Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.

columns

Social Laws, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jul 25, 2014

Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.

columns

G. A. Cohen and Socialist Calculation

by Grant Babcock on Jul 7, 2014

Cohen’s moral defense of socialism seriously underestimates the information problems plaguing an economy without prices.

columns

Independence Day: What is There to Celebrate?

by George H. Smith on Jul 3, 2014

The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.

columns

Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Jun 20, 2014

Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

columns

Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

by George H. Smith on May 30, 2014

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.